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NASA debunks doomsday prophecy

12-21-2012 07:19 BJT

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Governments and scientific institutions have busy debunking claims that the world is about to end. The US space agency NASA has released a video called "Beyond 2012: Why the World Won’t End". It says our Earth has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years.

In the new ScienceCast video, NASA talks about something that will not be happening in the near future, doomsday.

Experts in various fields have refuted many doomsday prophecies: a planet may hit the Earth, giant solar storms may destroy the Earth and the December 21, 2012 Mayan apocalypse.

Video producer Michael Brody said, "We want people to know that NASA is pretty sure that the world won’t end on Dec. 21st."

NASA says that just as the calendar 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 the calendar begins again on January 1 -- another long-count period begins for the Mayan calendar.

The space agency has also emphasized that Nibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an Internet hoax. So far, scientists have not tracked one single planet that may hit the Earth.

There are rumours that, in December 2012, solar storms may engulf the Earth. But NASA says solar activity has a regular cycle, with peaks approximately every 11 years. The next solar maximum will occur in the 2013-2014 time frame, and is predicted to be an average solar cycle, no different than previous cycles throughout history.

Dr. Lika Guhathakurta from NASA said, "The solar activities have been going on for billions of years. Human civilizations have never been destroyed."

The 2012 doomsday is not the first prophecy, nor may it be the last. There are hundreds of versions of how the world will end. Experts believe that the rumors are a product of the times. Pressure of live makes people seize any opportunity to escape from reality. But the reality is, the 2012 doomsday is nothing but a rumor.

 

 

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CCTV.com

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