Doomsday 2012 Is One Year Away… Scientists Skeptical About Apocalyptic Prediction

Don’t let all the experts fool you with all of their facts. The world is going to end precisely one year from today. Doomsday 2012 is expected to occur on December 21st next year. But will the world really end?

The Doomsday 2012 prediction is based on the end of the Mayan Long Count calendar. Live Science explains that the winter solstice of 2012 (December 21st, 2012) is the end of a b’ak’tun, a 144,000-day cycle.

Live Science Writes:

“The b’ak’tun, a 144,000-day cycle that has repeated 12 times since the mythical Maya creation date. The b’ak’tun that will end in 2012 is the 13th, supposedly a full 5,200-year cycle of creation.”

And with the ancient calendar expiring on December 21st, 2012, many apocalyptic hopefuls believe that the earth will end as well. Most believe that the earth will end with some cosmic occurrence, like a rogue asteroid striking the planet. The most prominent theory among doomsday sayers is that “Planet X” or “Nibiru” will collide with earth in 2012.

NASA, on the other hand, says that there’s no proof that “Planet X” exists. Don Yeomans, manager of NASA’s Near-Earth Object program office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said:

“There’s no evidence whatsoever that Nibiru exist. We would have seen it years ago.”

John Hoopes, a scholar of Maya history at the University of Kansas, said that the Doomsday 2012 may be based off of the Mayan calendar but it wasn’t the Mayans who attached the end of the world to the end of the b’ak’tun. Hoopes says that Judeo-Christians, who already had the idea of an apocalypse in their heads, interpreted the calendar to mean that the world is ending.

Hoopes said:

“A lot of the end-of-the-world mythologies are the result of Christian eschatology introduced by Franciscan missionaries.”

Other Doomsday 2012 theories involve giant solar flares and the reversal of the earth’s poles. But scientists say that both of these scenarios are very unlikely.

But don’t let the experts fool you. Doomsday 2012 is just a year away… right?