Although this is slightly heavier than a calendar page, the beginning of the next Mayan long count cycle will be little more complicated than flipping from December to January.

Apocalypse Now? Try Never: NASA Scientist Debunks the Doomsayers


Dragging from the loss of that hour to Daylight Savings Time? Apocalyptic predictions bringing you down? Never fear. NASA is here to help.

In a video released on March 7, the space agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Near Earth Object program puts senior research scientist Don Yeomans on camera to explain it all. Myth by myth he debunks the doomsaying predictions, starting with the misread of the meaning of the Mayan calendar (it will be like flipping from December to January), moving on to the invisible planet Nibiru (four times the size of earth and yet unseen by thousands of amateur and professional astronomers alike), and on to the potential orientation change of Earth's poles (suck it up and reset your compass).

It's just what has been known for some time: Mother Earth is a lot more resilient than she's given credit for. It's a good complement to the FAQ released by NASA at the end of last year that dissects the assumptions one by one. "Contrary to some of the common beliefs out there, the science behind the end of the world quickly unravels when pinned down to the 2012 timeline," NASA states in the introduction to the Q&A consult with several of its scientists.

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Submitted by ppmickey on
I didn't bother to listen to the videotape after the article. I don't believe the Apocalypse is at hand right now. There are signs of disasters that can take place, some at any time, some others with possibilities that could end the world as we know it. With NASA gutted, there are far fewer eyes on the sky looking for asteroids that could hit earth. There has been one found that is going to pass between the orbiting satellites and the earth in 2013. There is a chance that this asteroid or oomet could hit earth. The results could be life ending for many or eventually all. Then again, Yellowstone National Park is one of the largest volcanoes in the world and it is overdue to erupt and could do so at any time. The implications are frightening to say the least. the island noted off the coast of Africa, that is also volcanic is thought to have a 1 in 20 chance of cooking-off with half the island dropping into the ocean causing a tsunami that would wipe out most of the coastline of the United States up to 40 miles inland from the coast. There's also a good chance that the Madrid Fault Line in mid-western American could cause a catastrophic earthquake at any time. There are many ways the earth could end but if we sit around thinking about them rather than making plans of how to survive, which many won't, meaning they won't survive or if they do won't have any plans in place, they will drive themselves nuts. When your time is up, it is up. It might come in the form of a natural disaster or a massive heart attack, auto accident or something else. Sitting around worrying about it is not a productive way of life. Live life to your fullest now and appreciate those who love you and love them back. Set petty differences aside, stop your arguing over insignificant things and live to enjoy your life. Personally, I think the Mayans stopped the calendar where they did because if was meant to be repeated from the beginning again. I believe it wasn't supposed to be interpreted as the end of the world date. That's how I'm going to live my life. You can choose to do so as well.

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Submitted by Anonymous on
That's also not even a Mayan Calendar in your header image. That's an Aztec Calendar.