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2012 world doomsday prophecy
Published on 12 Nov. 2009 12:54 AM IST
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Reports indicate that the 2012 end of the world prediction made by the ancient Mayans has sparked real fears, with some people displaying “end times” anxiety. NASA officials have however, said that the world was not coming to an end on December 21, 2012. The latest big screen offering from Sony Pictures, “2012,” shows the end of the world, supposedly based on theories backed by the Mayan calendar. NASA’s Ask an Astrobiologist Web site, has received thousands of questions regarding the 2012 doomsday predictions-some of them disturbing, according to David Morrison, a senior scientist with the NASA Astrobiology Institute. “A lot of the submitters are people who are genuinely frightened,” said Morrison, who thinks movie marketers, authors, and others out to make a buck are feeding some of the fears. “I’ve had two teenagers who were considering killing themselves, because they didn’t want to be around when the world ends,” he told National Geographic News. “Two women in the last two weeks said they were contemplating killing their children and themselves, so they wouldn’t have to suffer through the end of the world,” he added. Part of the worry, according to Morrison, is being fanned by a suite of Web sites created by the distributor for ‘2012’, the movie. According to ANI report, the sites appear to represent scientific organizations, press releases, and 2012 whistle-blowers, all intent on telling the “truth” about our upcoming doom. Now, all the 2012 marketing sites display clear disclaimers that the contents are “Part of the 2012 Movie Experience.” “But, those labels weren’t there from day one, adding to the suggestion that the doomsday scenarios might have some truth behind them,” Morrison said. Conspiracy theorists often believe that world governments and those “in power” know all about some impending disaster, but are doing nothing to save the rest of us. Now, thanks to the Internet, such theories can gain traction quickly and spread more widely than ever before. According to Anthony Aveni, a Maya expert and archaeoastronomer at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, “I got into an email dialogue with a high school student who was quite seriously concerned that the world was going to end. This person thought we were all going to die.” NASA rejects prophecy Rejecting the 2012 world doomsday prophecy, NASA said in a question-and-answer posting on its website, “There is no factual basis for these claims.” If such a collision were real, “astronomers would have been tracking it for at least the past decade, and it would be visible by now to the naked eye,” it said. “Obviously, it does not exist,” it added, according to a report in the Telegraph, “Credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012,” it insisted. After all, “our planet has been getting along just fine for more than four billion years,” added NASA. Initial theories set the disaster for May 2003, but when nothing happened, the date was moved forward to the winter solstice in 2012, to coincide with the end of a cycle of the ancient Mayan calendar. NASA insisted the Mayan calendar does not in fact end on December 21, 2012, as another period begins immediately afterward; and it said there are no planetary alignments on the horizon for the next few decades. Even if the planets were to line up as some have forecast, the effect on our planet would be “negligible,” NASA said. The doomsday scenario revolves around claims that the end of time will come as an obscure Planet X - or Nibiru - collides with Earth. The mysterious planet was supposedly discovered by the Sumerians, according to claims by pseudo-scientists, paranormal activity enthusiasts and Internet theorists. Some websites have accused the US space agency of concealing the truth about the wayward planet’s existence, but NASA has denounced such stories as an “internet hoax.”

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