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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? Are we doomed? Or not so much? Let us know!

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

Maranda December 11, 2012 at 02:30 AM
..scare them down with your opinions* of the chemistry :D and contrete edvidence? really
Sean December 11, 2012 at 02:48 AM
What Maranda said!
Melissa December 11, 2012 at 09:14 AM
"seeing as though its riddled with grammatical errors" by the way you need to work on your punctuation before putting others down in literacy. it's
Mario December 12, 2012 at 10:05 AM
No need to worry! Jesus clearly said that no one knew the day or the hour that He would return. Jesus says in Matthew 24:36-44 "36 “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,[f] but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. 42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him." If you want to know how to be ready for the return of Jesus, check out "www.gospeljourney.com"
Mike B. December 13, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Shame on you!

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