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End of the World: Is the Apocalypse Really Coming on Dec. 21?

The Mayans may or may not have predicted the apocalypse will occur on Dec. 21 -- just less than two weeks from now. Do you buy it?

Do you expect the world to end on Dec. 21, 2012?

As the day draws near, NASA is getting in on the action. The agency created a page on its website devoted to debunking the Mayan apocalypse idea—not least because the Mayans never predicted any such thing. The date is simply the end of one time period that simply starts over.

“Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012,” NASA wrote.

But maybe they're just fun-haters: there are a number of parties planned for Dec. 20 or 21 this year, just in case the Earth explodes, or zombies run amok. With the "long count" calendar of the Ancient Mayans coming to an end that day, some people are a little pessimistic about any calendar continuing past that date.

However, experts on the matter, like the NASA thing above, say we've got nothing to worry about. According to an article on nbcnews.com, "Experts estimate the system starts counting at 3114 B.C., and will have run through 13 baktuns, or 5,125 years, around Dec. 21. Experts say 13 was a significant number for the Maya, and the end of that cycle would be a milestone — but not an end."

Some people believe the Maya may have predicted "impending astronomical disasters that would coincide with 2012, ranging from explosive storms on the surface of the sun that could knock out power grids to a galactic alignment that could trigger a reversal in Earth's magnetic field."

But according to the article, that is not the case. In fact Mayan predictions go way past our present-day, indicating that they expected a future to come even after their long count calendar came to an end.

So what do you think? We doomed? Or not so much? Let us know!

Editor's note: This article initially ran on Cummings Patch. 

green-eyes December 10, 2012 at 07:34 PM
NOPE! While things (Weather, Fiscal, and the like) are changing, I do not see a total distruction coming at that time. We do, however, need to re-evaluate out country's financial aid to other countries. We should provide help at HOME before we meddle in the affaires of others. Let's stop the gravy train. Nothing should be free. We should support USA above all else...or we better start learning French, Chineese and Arabic. And if that happens...all handouts will stop.
mray December 10, 2012 at 10:16 PM
No end of the world. I think the ancient one who had to carve all of that out got carver's cramp and stopped.
Despiser of Obama December 11, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Bull crap atheist belief. God only knows the date and time. No one else!

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