The movie ‘2012’ is going to hit theaters this Friday. It is cracked up as the biggest disaster movie ever, highlighting that the world will end in about three years.
The main focus is on the date Dec. 21, 2012, when the Mayan Calendar ends, thus projecting a wild doomsday scenario. The Mayans were the ancient civilization who studied astronomy, and their calendars were very precise.
Nibiru, a supposed planet discovered by the Sumerians, is heading toward Earth. Some reports claim that some meteor would hit Earth.
According to another theory the world will come to an end due to reversal in its rotation or as a result of the solar storms predicted for 2012.
Where on one hand ‘2012’ is building up hysteria, NASA is trying to assure everyone that nothing will happen in the aforesaid year. In order to assuage concerns being raised worldwide, NASA has even posted a frequently asked questions (FAQ) guide claiming that the world will not end.
“Remember the Y2K scare? It came and went without much of a whimper because of adequate planning and analysis of the situation. Impressive movie special effects aside, Dec. 21, 2012, won't be the end of the world as we know. It will, however, be another winter solstice,” stated NASA on its Web site.
Talking about the Mayan Calendar it mentions that just as our calendar end on Dec. 31, likewise Mayan Calendar ends on Dec 21., 2012, marking the “end of the Mayan long-count period”. But just as our calendar again starts on Jan. 1, similarly a long-count period also starts for the Mayan Calendar.
Elaborating further, it stated that stories related to Nibiru are just Internet hoaxes, and there is no scientific evidence to back such claims.
Neither is a meteor predicted to hit the planet by 2012 and it is just a fictional assertion. Even the reversal in the rotation of the Earth is impossible.
There is quite a buzz on online forums where readers are discussing the year 2012 and dangers associated with it. But still nobody really believes in the final global catastrophy, but the movie is highly anticipated, according to The Money Times' review.