A film from Nasa about the Mayan prophecy that the world will end on 21 December has been released 10 days early. The Mayan calendar’s 5,125-year run is due to end in 10 days, but the film – entitled The World Didn’t End Yesterday – argues that the calendar should be interpreted as cyclical.
The four-minute film, entitled “The World Didn’t End Yesterday”, debunks theories that the end of the ancient Mayan calendar will signal the destruction of Earth.
Outlining point by point each of the so called ‘myths’ that surround the end of the Mayan calendar, astronomical and planetary experts debunk any notions that the sun will irradiate the atmosphere or that a rogue planet will smash into our Earth.
The video, which was clearly intended for release the day after the 21st, begins: “December 22, 2012. If you’re watching this video, it means one thing. The world didn’t end yesterday.”
As ‘zero hour’ approaches, various theories have been posed as to how Planet Earth will meet its doom – all of which are disproved by NASA’s film clip, reports the Daily Mail.
One claims that Nibiru, a rogue planet discovered by the ancient Sumerians, will crash into Earth on December 21st, killing everyone.
Scientists, however, say there is no such planet.
The attempt to refute the end of days theories isn’t the first from Nasa.
They have posted several messages on their blog, explaining why they believe the world won’t end, writing: “The world will not end in 2012. 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.”
According to the Independent, in answer to the question ‘Does the Mayan calendar end in December 2012?’ they reply: “Just as the calendar you have on your kitchen wall does not cease to exist after December 31, the Mayan calendar does not cease to exist on December 21, 2012. This date is the end of the Mayan long-count period but then — just as your calendar begins again on January 1 — another long-count period begins for the Mayan calendar.”
Despite claims that the Mayan calendar predicts our planetary demise next year, astronomer Don Yeomans, manager of NASA’s Near-Earth Object program office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., says we can “sleep well on Dec. 21 of next year.”
“What’s so special about Dec. 12 of next year?” Yeomans asked. “A lot of people think it’s the end of the Maya calendar.”
Yeoman notes that smart people can believe weird things for any number of reasons. For instance, real data is often confused with junk science, while anecdotal evidence and passionate arguments on the Internet and on television shows purporting to be fact are often mistaken for the real thing.
There have been scattered reports of panic buying of candles and essentials in China and Russia. There has also been a reported hike in the sales of survival shelters in America.
The variants of the forthcoming Armageddon range from a catastrophic celestial collision between Earth and the mythical planet or the annihilation of civilization by a giant solar storm.