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A NASA Scientist Answers the Top 20 Questions About 2012

PUBLIC CONCERN ABOUT DOOMSDAY IN December 2012 has blossomed into a major new presence on the Internet. This fear has begun to invade cable TV and Hollywood, and it is rapidly spreading internationally. The hoax originally concerned a return of the fictitious planet Nibiru in 2012, but it received a big boost when conspiracy theory websites began to link it to the end of the Mayan calendar long count at the winter solstice (December 21) of 2012. Over the past year, many unrelated groups have joined the doomsday chorus, including Nostradamus advocates, a wide variety of eschatological Christian, Native American, and spiritualist sects, and those who fear comet and asteroid impacts or violent solar storms. At the time of this writing there are more than 175 books listed on Amazon.com dealing with the 2012 doomsday. The most popular topics are the Mayan calendar and spiritual predictions that the disaster in 2012 will usher in a new age of happiness and spiritual growth. Quite a few authors are cashing in with manuals on how to survive 2012.

As this hoax spreads, many more doomsday scenarios are being suggested, mostly unrelated to Nibiru. These include a reversal of the Earth’s magnetic field, severe solar storms associated with the 11-year solar cycle (which may peak in 2012), a reversal of Earth’s rotation axis, a 90- degree flip of the rotation axis, bombardment by large comets or asteroids, bombardment by gamma rays, or various unspecified lethal rays coming from the center of the Milky Way Galaxy or the “dark rift” seen in a nearby galactic spiral arm. A major theme has become celestial alignments: supposedly the Sun will align with the galactic center (or maybe with the Milky Way Dark Rift) on December 21, 2012, subjecting us to mysterious and potentially deadly forces.

Unlike most pseudoscience stories, there seems to be no factual core on which the Nibiru- 2012 hoax has been constructed. This is different from, for example, the claims of aliens and a crashed UFO at Roswell, New Mexico. The alien stories are a fabrication, but the core fact is that an instrumented balloon did crash in Roswell on July 7, 1947. There is no similar factual core to Nibiru—just dubious “predictions” from psychics, or the Mayans, or Nostradamus. The rest is pure fiction.

I answer questions from the public submitted online to a NASA website, and over the past two years the Nibiru-2012 doomsday has become the dominant topic people ask about. Many are curious about things they have seen on the Internet or TV, but many are also angry about supposed government cover-ups. As one wrote “Why are you lying about Nibiru? Everyone knows it is coming.” Others are genuinely frightened that the world will end just three years from now. My frustration in answering questions piecemeal motivates this “Twenty Questions” format to organize the facts and shine a skeptical light on this accumulation of myths and hoaxes.

1. What is the origin of the prediction that the world will end in December 2012?

The story started with claims that Nibiru, a supposed planet discovered by the Sumerians, is headed toward Earth. Zecharia Sitchin, who writes fiction about the ancient Mesopotamian civilization of Sumer, claimed in several books (e.g., The Twelfth Planet, published in 1976) that he has found and translated Sumerian documents that identify the planet Nibiru, orbiting the Sun every 3600 years. These Sumerian fables include stories of “ancient astronauts” visiting Earth from a civilization of aliens called the Anunnaki. Then Nancy Lieder, a self-declared psychic who claims she is channeling aliens, wrote on her website Zetatalk that the inhabitants of a fictional planet around the star Zeta Reticuli warned her that the Earth was in danger from Planet X or Nibiru. This catastrophe was initially predicted for May 2003, but when nothing happened the doomsday date was recalculated (a standard procedure for doomsdayers) and moved forward to December 2012. Only recently have these two fables been linked to the end of the Mayan long-count at the winter solstice in 2012—hence the predicted doomsday date of December 21, 2012.

2. The Sumerians were the first great civilization, and they made many accurate astronomical predictions, including the existence of the planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. So why should we not believe their predictions about Nibiru?

Nibiru is a name from Babylonian astrology sometimes associated with the god Marduk. Nibiru appears as a minor character in the Babylonian creation poem Enuma Elish as recorded in the library of Assurbanipal, King of Assyria (668–627 BCE). Sumer flourished much earlier, from about the 23rd century to the 17th century BCE. The claims that Nibiru is a planet and was known to the Sumerians are contradicted by scholars who (unlike Zecharia Sitchin) study and translate the written records of ancient Mesopotamia. Sumer was indeed a great civilization, important for the development of agriculture, water management, urban life, and especially writing. However, they left few astronomical records and they most certainly did not know about Uranus, Neptune or Pluto. They also had no understanding that the planets orbited the Sun, an idea that first developed in ancient Greece two millennia after the end of Sumer. Claims that Sumerians had a sophisticated astronomy, or that they even had a god named Nibiru, are the product of Sitchin’s imagination.

3. How can you deny the existence of Nibiru when NASA discovered it in 1983 and the story appeared in leading newspapers? At that time you called it Planet X, and later it was named Xena or Eris.

IRAS (the NASA Infrared Astronomy Satellite, which carried out a sky survey for 10 months in 1983) discovered many infrared sources, but none of them was Nibiru or Planet X or any other objects in the outer solar system. Briefly, IRAS cataloged 350,000 infrared sources, and initially many of these sources were unidentified (which was the point, of course, of making such a survey). All of these observations have been followed up by subsequent studies with more powerful instruments both on the ground and in space. The rumor about a “tenth planet” erupted in 1984 after a scientific paper was published in Astrophysical Journal Letters titled “Unidentified point sources in the IRAS minisurvey,” which discussed several infrared sources with “no counterparts.” But these “mystery objects” were subsequently found to be distant galaxies (except one, which was a wisp of “infrared cirrus”), as published in 1987. No IRAS source has ever turned out to be a planet. A good discussion of this whole issue is to be found on Phil Plait’s website. The bottom line is that Nibiru is a myth, with no basis in fact. To an astronomer, persistent claims about a planet that is “nearby” but “invisible” are just plain silly.

4. Maybe we should be asking about Planet X or Eris, not Nibiru. Why does NASA keep secret the orbit of Eris?

“Planet X” is an oxymoron when applied to a real object. The generic term has been used by astronomers over the past century for a possible or suspected object. Once the object is found, it is given a real name, as was done with Pluto and Eris, both of which were once referred to as Planet X. If a new object turns out to be not real, or not a planet, then you won’t hear about it again. If it is real, it is no longer called Planet X. Eris is one of several dwarf planets recently found by astronomers in the outer solar system, all of them on normal orbits that will never bring them near Earth. Like Pluto, Eris is smaller than our Moon. It is very far away, and its orbit never brings it closer than about 4 billion miles. There is no secret about Eris or its orbit, as you can easily verify by googling it or looking it up in Wikipedia.

5. Do you deny that NASA built a South Pole Telescope (SPT) to track Nibiru? Why else would they build a telescope at the South Pole?

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There is a telescope at the South Pole, but it was not built by NASA and it is not used to study Nibiru. The South Pole Telescope is supported by the National Science Foundation, and it is a radio telescope, not an optical instrument. It cannot take visible light images or photos. You can look it up on Wikipedia. The Antarctic is a great place for astronomical infrared and short-wave-radio observations, and it also has the advantage that objects can be observed continuously without the interference of the day-night cycle. I should add that it is impossible to imagine a way in which an object can be seen only from the South Pole. Even if it were due south of the Earth, it could be seen from the entire southern hemisphere.

6. There are many photos and videos of Nibiru on the Internet. Isn’t that proof that it exists?

The great majority of the photos and videos on the Internet are of some feature near the Sun (apparently supporting the claim that Nibiru has been hiding behind the Sun for the past several years). These are actually false images of the Sun caused by internal reflections in the lens, often called lens flare. You can identify them easily by the fact that they appear diametrically opposite the real solar image, as if reflected across the center of the image. This is especially obvious in videos, where as the camera moves, the false image dances about always exactly opposite the real image. Similar lens flare is a source of many UFO photos taken at night with strong light sources such as streetlights in the frame. I am surprised that more people don’t recognize this common photo artifact. I am also amazed that these photos showing something nearly as large and bright as the Sun (a “second sun”) are accepted together with claims made on some of the same websites that Nibiru is too faint to be seen or photographed except with large telescopes.

One widely reported telescopic photo shows two views of an expanding gas cloud far beyond the solar system, which is not moving; you can see this from the fact that the stars are the same in both pictures. A sharp-eyed reader on my website identified these photos as a gas shell around the star V838 Mon. Wikipedia has a nice write-up and a beautiful photo of it from the Hubble. Another high school student was initially impressed by posted images of a red blob that were said to be of Nibiru. Then he worked out in his Photoshop class how to make just such pictures starting from scratch. One video posted in summer 2008 on YouTube shows a guy standing in his kitchen claiming that one of the objects discovered by NASA’s x-ray telescope is Nibiru. What is his evidence? That since this false-color x-ray image released by NASA is blue, this must really be a nearby planet with an ocean. This would be hilarious if it were not used to frighten people.

7. Can you explain the fact that the area at (5h 53m 27s, -6 10′ 58″) has been blackened out in Google Sky and Microsoft Telescope? People suggest that these have been blackened out because those are the co-ordinates where Nibiru is located at present.

Several people have asked me about this blank rectangle in Orion in Google Sky, which is a presentation of images from the Sloan Digital Survey. This can’t be a “hiding place” for Nibiru, since it is a part of the sky that could be seen from almost everywhere on the Earth in the winter of 2007–08 when much of the talk about Nibiru began. Plus, that would contradict the claims that Nibiru was hiding behind the Sun or that it could be seen only from the southern hemisphere. But I too was curious about this blank rectangle, so I asked a friend who is a senior scientist at Google. He replied that he “found out that the missing data is due to a processing error in the image stitching program we use to display the Sloan survey images. The team assures me that in the next run through, this will be fixed!”

8. If the government knew about Nibiru, wouldn’t they keep it a secret to avoid panic? Isn’t it the government’s job to keep the population at ease?

There are many objectives of government, but they do not include keeping the population at ease. My experience is that sometimes parts of the government do just the opposite, as in the frequent references to various terrorist threats or warnings about driving accidents on long holiday weekends, which are no more dangerous than any other time. There is a long history of associating bad things with political opponents (older readers will remember the “missile gap” in the 1960 election, younger ones will note the many current references to who is or is not keeping the U.S. safe from terrorists). Further, social scientists have pointed out that many of our concepts of public panic are the product of Hollywood, while in the real world people have a good record of helping each other in a time of danger. I think everyone also recognizes that keeping bad news secret usually backfires, making the issue even worse when the facts finally come out. And in the case of Nibiru, these facts would come out very soon indeed.

Even if it wanted to, however, the government could not keep Nibiru a secret. If Nibiru were real, it would be tracked by thousands of astronomers, amateurs as well as professionals. These astronomers are spread all over the world. I know the astronomy community, and these scientists would not keep a secret even if ordered to. You just can’t hide a planet on its way into the inner solar system!

9. Why does the Mayan calendar say the world will end in 2012? I have heard that they have been pretty accurate in the past with other planetary predictions. How can you be sure you know more than they did?

Calendars exist for keeping track of the passage of time, not for predicting the future. The Mayan astronomers were clever, and they developed a very complex calendar. Ancient calendars are interesting to historians, but of course they cannot match the ability we have today to keep track of time, or the precision of the calendars currently in use. The main point, however, is that calendars, whether contemporary or ancient, cannot predict the future of our planet or warn of things to happen on a specific date such as 2012.

I note that my desk calendar ends much sooner, on December 31, 2009, but I do not interpret this as a prediction of Armageddon. It is just the beginning of a new year.

10. What is the polar shift theory? Is it true that the Earth’s crust does a 180-degree rotation around the core in a matter of days if not hours? Does this have something to do with our solar system dipping beneath the galactic equator?

A reversal in the rotation of Earth is impossible. It has never happened and never will. There are slow movements of the continents (for example Antarctica was near the equator hundreds of millions of years ago), but that is irrelevant to claims of reversal of the rotational poles. However, many of the disaster websites pull a bait-and-switch to fool people. They claim a relationship between the rotation and the magnetic field of Earth, which does change irregularly with a magnetic reversal taking place, on average, every 400,000 years. As far as we know, such a magnetic reversal does not cause any harm to life on Earth. A magnetic reversal is very unlikely to happen in the next few millennia, anyway. But the 2012ers falsely claim that a magnetic reversal is coming soon (in 2012 of course) and that this is the same as, or will trigger, a reversal of Earth’s rotational poles. The bottom line is this: (a) rotation direction and magnetic polarity are not related; (b) there is no reason to expect a reversal of magnetic polarity any time soon, or to anticipate any bad effects on life when it does eventually happen; (c) a sudden shift in the rotational pole with disastrous consequences is impossible. Also, none of this has anything to do with the galactic equator or any of the other nonsense about alignments that appears on many of the doomsday websites.

11. When most of the planets align in 2012 and planet Earth is in the center of the Milky Way, what will the effects of this be on planet Earth? Could it cause a pole shift, and if so what could we expect?

There is no planet alignment in 2012 or any other time in the next several decades. As to the Earth being in the center of the Milky Way, I don’t know what this phrase means. If they are referring to the Milky Way Galaxy, we are some 30,000 light years from the center of this spiral galaxy. We circle the galactic center in a period of 225–250 million years, always keeping approximately the same distance. Concerning a pole shift, I also don’t know what this means. If it means some sudden change in the position of the pole (that is, the rotation axis of the Earth), then that is impossible, as noted above. What many websites do discuss is the alignment of the Earth and Sun with the center of the Milky Way in the constellation of Sagittarius. This happens every December, with no bad consequences, and there is no reason to expect 2012 to be different from any other year.

12. When the Sun and the Earth line up on the galactic plane at the same time with the black hole being in the center couldn’t that cause something to happen, due to the fact that the black hole has such a strong gravitational pull?

There is a supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy, and like any concentration of mass it exerts gravitational force on the rest of the galaxy. However, the galactic center is very far away, approximately 30,000 light years, so it has negligible effects on our solar system and Earth. There are no special forces from the galactic plane or the galactic center. The only important force that acts on the Earth is the gravitation of the Sun and Moon. As far as the influence of the galactic plane, there is nothing special about this location. The last time the Earth was in the galactic plane was several million years ago. Claims that we are about to cross the galactic plane are untrue.

13. I am scared about the fact that the Earth will enter the Dark Rift in the Milky Way. What will this do? Will the Earth be swallowed up?

The “dark rift” is a popular name for the broad and diffuse dust clouds in the inner arm of the Milky Way Galaxy, which block our view of the galactic center. The entire “galactic alignment” scare is ridiculous. Late in December the Sun is always approximately in the direction of the center of the Galaxy as seen from the Earth, but so what? Apparently the scaremongers have decided to use these meaningless phrases about “alignments” and the “dark rift” and “photon belt” precisely because they are not understood by the public. As far as the safety of the Earth is concerned, the important threats are from global warming and loss of biological diversity, and perhaps someday from collision with an asteroid or comet, not the pseudoscientific claims about 2012.

14. I have heard that the Earth’s magnetic field will flip in 2012 just when the strongest level of solar storms in history is predicted to take place. Will this kill us or destroy our civilization?

Near solar maximum (which happens approximately every 11 years), there are many more solar flares and coronal mass ejections than near solar minimum. Flares and mass ejections are no danger for humans or other life on Earth. They could endanger astronauts in deep space or on the Moon, and this is something that NASA must learn to deal with, but it is not a problem for us. Large outbursts can interrupt radio transmissions, cause bright displays of the aurora (Northern and Southern Lights), and damage the electronics of some satellites in space. Today many satellites are designed to deal with this possibility, for example by switching off some of their more delicate circuits and going into a “safe” mode for a few hours. In extreme cases solar activity can also disrupt electrical transmissions on the ground, possibly leading to electrical blackouts, but this is rare.

The last solar maximum occurred in 2001, so the next one was predicted for around 2012, 11 years later. However, the most recent solar minimum was unusual, with a period of a couple of years with almost no sunspots or other indications of solar activity, so scientists now guess that the next maximum will be delayed, perhaps to 2013. However, the details of the solar cycle remain basically unpredictable.

It is true that the Earth’s magnetic field protects us by creating a large region in space, called the Earth’s magnetosphere, within which most of the material ejected from the Sun is captured or deflected, but there is no reason to expect a reversal of magnetic polarity any time soon. These magnetic reversals happen, on average, only once in 400,000 years.

15. I am confused about a report on the Fox News website that in 2012 a “Powerful Solar Storm Could Shut Down U.S. for Months.” They referred to a report from the National Academy of Sciences that was commissioned and paid for by NASA. If nothing is going to happen as a result of the event in 2012, why would NASA allow such nonsense to be reported?

NASA is pleased with the National Research Council report on heliophysics. As noted, this report includes a worst-case analysis of what could happen today if there were a repetition of the biggest solar storm ever recorded (in 1859). The problem is the way such information can be used out of context. There is no reason to expect such a large solar storm in the near future, certainly not in 2012 specifically. The reference to “the event in 2012” illustrates this problem. There is no prediction of an “event in 2012.” We don’t even know if the next solar maximum will take place in that year. The whole 2012 disaster scenario is a hoax, fueled by ads for the Hollywood science-fiction disaster film 2012. I can only hope that most people are able to distinguish Hollywood film plots from reality.

16. All my school friends are telling me that we are all going to die in the year 2012 due to a meteor hitting Earth. Is this true?

The Earth has always been subject to impacts by comets and asteroids (as has the Moon, as you can see because it has no atmosphere to erode the impact craters), although big hits are very rare. The last big impact was 65 million years ago, and that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs. Today NASA astronomers are carrying out the Spaceguard Survey to find any large near-Earth asteroids long before they hit. We have already determined that there are no threatening asteroids as large as the one that killed the dinosaurs. All this work is done openly with the discoveries posted every day on the NASA NEO Program Office website, so anyone can see that nothing is predicted to hit in 2012.

17. If Nibiru is a hoax, why doesn’t NASA issue a denial? How can you permit these stories to circulate and frighten people? Why doesn’t the U.S. government do something about it!

If you go to the NASA home page, nasa.gov, you will see many stories that expose the Nibiru-2012 hoax. Try searching nasa.com under “Nibiru” or “2012”. There is not much more that NASA can do. These hoaxes have nothing to do with NASA and are not based on NASA data, so we as an agency are not directly involved. But scientists, both within NASA and outside, recognize that this hoax with its effort to frighten people is a distraction from more important scientific concerns, such as global warming and loss of biological diversity. We live in a country where there is freedom of speech, and that includes the freedom to lie. We should be glad there are no censors. But if we will use common sense we can recognize the lies. As we approach 2012, the lies will be come even more obvious.

18. Can you prove to me that Nibiru is a hoax? There are so many reports that something terrible will happen in 2012. I need proof because the government and NASA are keeping so much from us.

Such questions should be put to the doomsday advocates to prove that what they are saying is true, not to NASA to prove it is false. If someone claimed on the Internet that there were 50-foot tall purple elephants walking through Cleveland, would anyone expect NASA to prove this wrong? The burden of proof falls on those who make wild claims. Remember the often-quoted comment from Carl Sagan that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.

However, I think that astronomers have reached the point where we can offer extremely strong arguments that Nibiru does not exist. A large planet (or a brown dwarf) in our solar system would have been known to astronomers for many years, both indirectly from its gravitational perturbations on other objects and by direct detection in the infrared. The NASA Infrared Astronomy Satellite (IRAS) carried out the first allsky survey in 1983, and several subsequent surveys would also have seen Nibiru if it were there. Further, if a large mass passed through the inner solar system every 3600 years, we would see its disruptive effects on the orbits of the inner planets, and we don’t.

But don’t take my word for it. Just use common sense. Have you seen Nibiru? In 2008 many websites said it would be visible to the naked eye in spring 2009. If a large planet or brown dwarf were headed for the inner solar system in 2012, it would already be tracked by thousands of astronomers, both professional and amateur, all over the world. Do you know any amateur astronomers who are watching it? Have you seen any photos or discussion of it in the big popular astronomy magazines such as Astronomy or Sky & Telescope? Just think about it. No one could hide something like Nibiru if it existed.

19. What about the scary ads for the new film 2012? They tell us to look at these Internet sites to verify the doomsday threat.

The pseudoscientific claims about Nibiru and a doomsday in 2012, together with distrust of the government, are being amplified by publicity for the new film from Columbia Pictures titled 2012, to be released in November 2009. The film’s trailer, appearing in theaters and on their website, shows a tidal wave breaking over the Himalayas, with the following words: “How would the governments of our planet prepare 6 billion people for the end of the world? [long pause] They wouldn’t. [long pause] Find out the Truth. Google search 2012.”

The film publicity includes a faux scientific website for “The Institute for Human Continuity”, which is entirely fictitious. According to this website, the IHC is dedicated to scientific research and public preparedness. Its mission is the survival of humanity. The website explains that the Institute was founded in 1978 by international leaders of government, business, and science. They say that in 2004, IHC scientists confirmed with 94% certainty that the world would be destroyed in 2012. This website encourages people to register for a lottery to select those who will be saved; a colleague submitted the name of her cat, which was accepted. According to Wikipedia, creating this sort of fake website is a new advertising technique called “Viral Marketing,” by analogy with computer viruses.

20. Is it possible that the influx of questions you describe is part of some kind of campaign for a book or movie, in the hopes that the volume of denials is taken as more “evidence” that there is a conspiracy?

I ask myself the same questions every day, as the volume of mail I receive about Nibiru (along with various alignments and pole shifts) keeps increasing—now more than 20 per week. Clearly there is money to be made from people’s fear about an approaching doomsday. Many websites are selling books and tapes about Nibiru or even “survival kits.” It is all very sad, given the many real issues such as global warming and the financial collapse on which our attentions should be focused. In the final chapter of a new astronomy book (The Hunt for Planet X) Govert Shilling writes: “There is plenty to do for the debunkers—the archaeologists and astronomers who take a long and skeptical look at the tidal wave of Nibiru nonsense and explain with scientific precision what is wrong with this cosmic fairy-tale. They will have their work cut out in the next few years. And on December 22, 2012 there will be a new pseudoscientific cock-and-bull story making the rounds and the whole circus will start all over again, because no matter how many new celestial bodies are found in our solar system, there will always be a need for a mysterious Planet X.”

About the author

Dr. David Morrison is the Director of the NASA Lunar Science Institute and Senior Scientist in the NASA Astrobiology Institute. Dr. Morrison received his Ph.D. in astronomy from Harvard University (where Carl Sagan was his thesis advisor) and has spent most of his career working in planetary science and astrobiology. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the California Academy of Sciences. He is recipient of the Dryden Medal for research of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Sagan Medal of the American Astronomical Society for public communication. Morrison is a leading skeptic and proponent of improving science education and literacy. Asteroid 2410 Morrison is named in his honor.

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Sanka
December 12, 2011 5:56 am

Wow….I have seen presentations bla bla bla..and was searching for a good fact to believe on Worlds end on 2012. Thanks for the explanations…

Some times i was thinking why a sudden change on whether coming near to 2012… Earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, Sunami… All troubled last 4 to 5 months for several countries. But now i feel it is just normal weather changes :P.

Thanks for the answers that made our eyes open :). But definitely the world will be ending very soon by polluting the earth BY US and not because of any alignment changes, solar storms. We pollute and we only will suffer :D Lets try to GO GREEN…

DONNALIM
December 12, 2011 5:17 am

U KNOW, I REALLY SCARED WHEN I HEARED THAT 2012 IS THE END OF THE WORLD.. BUT ON THIS ARTICLE, NOW I CAN CALM MYSELF .. THANKS

Rene
December 11, 2011 2:06 am

The end of the world will be when there is peace on Earth and we are still a long way from that.

ZOWE
December 10, 2011 10:59 pm

Hmmm this the mayan calendar seems to be getting everone of there time is it coz 2012 comeing up Hmmm well yes but the ppl are wrong it not when the end of the world LoL dont wrong that way off no 2012 is when i belife the the mayan come back and tell us everthing so play forget about the end of the world in 2012 be happy lost ppl are coming back the mayan LET GET THE PARTY STARTED WOOP WOOP WOOP WOOP :) :) :) LOOOOL

YourSmooveness
December 10, 2011 10:15 pm

He keeps on saying to look up to wikipedia. wikipedia is not a reliable source because Wikipedia is not considered a credible or authoritative source.
This is especially true considering anyone can edit the information given at any time.

loner
November 24, 2011 7:36 am

Somethin’ will boom in 2012….but the world doesn’t come to the end yet……based on the analisys given above ,it’s true that those signs are pointing to the disaster made by human themselves.The Day will come after all man on this world have completely left their faith to God…meaning those particular man doesn’t live on any religous faith.Infact the only faith that remain is only for the “something” that exist claiming he/it is the only GOD that will save the world…..then the Day will definately come…
…..believe me….we will be working the next day after celebrating new year of 2013…….Just make sure ,we are not one of them who ruins our world by our own hands…..

V for Victory
November 19, 2011 10:15 am

the world will not end on December 21st, 2012 sorry folks but your going to have to go to work in January.

abaine P
November 19, 2011 2:23 am

wow….
the Bible says, infact Jesus said no one knows the day or the time when the end shall come but He left with us signs to the begining of the time…….like rumours and real wars, catastrophies and natural desasters, hate among relations, selfishness, power hunger and many of the sort, among which Nibiru and the like fall. this is just the begining of the time……which means the real thing is very very scary. ofcourse the creator of the universe knows where it itches and hurts most.

Ozzell
December 12, 2011 7:44 am
Reply to  abaine P

Do you realize that those “signs” were just as relevant a 100, 500, 1000 and 2000 years ago as today.

ricznicz
November 18, 2011 2:11 am

i dont think so… the bible says that one day god’s kingdom will come to earth… but with no specific date and those who believe in the son of god will come with him to paradise and those who are left will stay in earth and be destroyed and that’s when mankind will end…. i believe that that day will come BUT i won’t believe that it would happen in 2012

Cindy
November 16, 2011 2:20 am

This is soo true I was unsure of what I belived in 2012 I never really belived it but this made me NOT belive in it more because this is true its probably just Hollywood trying to make WEAK minded people kill themselves in beliving such a thing will happen noone really knows but this article is like common sense .

James T
November 13, 2011 7:59 am

It was interesting reading about the common questions and answers, there are many reasons why something could happen or not happen, its up to the person reading to make thier own choice, but if goverments knew something was going happen, wouldn’t they ask people to write pages on why its impossible nothing will happen in 2012 ?

vendetta
November 5, 2011 12:34 am

we are around 26,000 light years away from the galatic centre, our earth wobbles up and down in fact the whole solar system does, every 26,000 years the solar system is in line with the galatic plane, the next one is dec 2012, now at the centre of our galaxy there is a super massive black hole, for lack of a better word it burps now and then sending shockwaves like a ripple effect through the galatic plane, this galatic superwave spreads out and the magnetic influence, can push interstella dust futher into our solar system, this can fuel the sun and make it more active that it usually would be, so we could get bigger and more, sun flairs and coronal mass ejections i am not saying anything bad will happen, but these ripples have a large magnetic influence and as no one was around 26,000 years ago to document this, one cant say either way if there is other things this superwave might cause like pole reversal, earthquakes and volcano eruptions. i would love to see your proof or documentation to say on 2012 we wont be going through the galatic plane this does not happen millions of years apart but every 26,000 years also through the earths life time there has been many pole shifts, right now magnetic north is changing more quickly than it used to, the earths magnetosphere is weakinig and we have the southern atlantic anomoly which would suggest a pole shift is all ready starting, ok this will prob take over 300-10,000 years before it really starts but who knows, i would suggest you research your facts and back it up with documented proof as you say a lot of things which just dont hit the mark.

Harry
November 3, 2011 5:20 pm

On the topic of The shifting of the Magnetic Poles:

Michio Kaku, the Henry Semat Professor of theoretical physics in the City University of New York College and renowned author of books on principles of physics, seems to disagree with your expert on the timing of the shifting of the poles,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPLjnqS8UeY

Here he’s seen stating, blatantly, that the scientific society has accepted that the pole shift could occur AS SOON AS two thousand and twelve, no scientists that I’ve heard of have decided to disagree with him and hence challenge him on that statement.

Is this NASA scientist really more qualified than the intellectually famous Kaku, and behind him the support of the science community?

fernando argueta
November 3, 2011 4:42 pm

I am a hundred percent Maya,it really makes me laugh all the crazy people that think that the end of the world will be dec-21-2012.my ancestors never said that the planet and humans are going to be destroy,our calendar is going to end and is going to start a new one,that’t it.simple…

Victor
October 29, 2011 2:53 am

the most difficult – to prove the simple things. Thanks to the scientists that take the time to educate the masses of people.

AN 11 YEAR OLD KID.
October 27, 2011 12:56 pm

Well, mabey the world WILL end in 2012. there have been so many disasters in the world and NO ONE is doing ANYTHING to PREVENT global warming. the GOVERNMENT EVERYWHERE IS FAILING.people are so focussed on WAR and GUNS and NO ONE CARES ABOUT WHAT WE ARE DOING TO OUR PLANET. i agree with what dld said in the 2nd bullet of 52. we have had too many 8.0 and 9.0 earthquakes past few years if not months and many tsunamis which one destroyed sendai prefecture but now has been cleaned and under repair. We have seen large category 4 and 5 past few 7 years and now our second hurricane irene which became a close to category 4 but was a 3 i our strongest stomr this hurricane season WOW!!!. Global economy sucks Wall Streets plugging in fake numbers on the dow jones index chart to show, “oh look we fixed our bad week from 8/20/2011 to 8/27/2011 by watching our chart drop 90* straight down and it happens to loose only 800 points (shrugging ok lets face it someone made a mistake calculating numbers so they plugged in fake one LIKE DOES THAT MAKE SENSE???. Not to mention Katrina took 4 months to get to. China is killing their own people only supporting rich, america wont testify against china’s wrong doings? The political idiots on CNN and washington during the great Muslim Revolution called te young generation muslim terrorist when all they want is to fight for freedom not to mention the Muslim world despises both alqaueda and taliban how does that work CNN tell me how does your biased bull explain how the muslims that want peace and how many rather would hunt down the talibans and alqaude now their realizing how evil these organization are? now look at the pockets of anti american organization popping up all over the world including inside united states because of the shenannigans were being put through? Jobless is rising from so called 9% to 10% again which in my own word its more than that because um what about those like me that are in staffing company waiting for jobs t open up? All we do is fill positions they dont explain those WITH PARTIME JOBS only explain the full time workers being worked to death. THE WORLD IS DESTROYING ITSELF AND IF THINGS KEEP GOING THE WAY THEY ARE, THE WORLD AS WE KNEW IT WILL BE NO MORE.

I AM JUST A CONCERNED 11 YEAR OLD WHO KNOWS THAT HER VOICE ALONE WILL NEVER BE HEARD. BUT IF WE ALL JOIN TOGETHER, WE CAN AND PROBABLY WILL MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE.

THANK YOU…

Shadow_I
November 2, 2011 2:43 am

you make alot of valid arguements however, you’re taking a very pescimistic view to things… I am only going to defend one point you made, as your arguements are arguements of very naive people, which is not an insult, as all people are naive in some way.
The topic im going to adress is joblessness…..
I should start by saying, I am unemployed… i know the frustrations of trying to find a job… and knowing that atleast 100 other people apply for nearly every job i apply for, does diminish my hope of succesfully searching for a job. However, this is not linked to a depression of economy, and is only barely linked to the economy… Some people argue with valid points, that thanks to the recession there is not such a demand for bussiness, and therefore bussinesses can’t afford to continue, which is true to an extent, but the route cause of both the recession and the unemployment numbers, are down to the shear number of people alive in individual countries. Most countries in the world populate in an increasing amount, due to new medicine, more babies survive, people live for longer, etc. This is good for human rights and recourses and happiness, however, this increase in population provides a huge negative effect on the economy, doing serious damage to living standards ( having to build more houses), benefits systems (everyone has to have less so that people recieve equal benefits), jobs (higher population = more people to apply for work), food shortages (more mouthes to feed)… the food shortage scare leads to more money being put in to genetic engineering of fruit/veg and also researching how to produce food more quickly, factory farming being a big one….. the problem is, with the population increasing, it is beggining to get impossible to uphold all human and animal rights, as well as allowing everyone to live normal lives.

I agree with factory farming, and I disagree with anyone who tells me it is immoral, factory farming conserves energy, protecting the environment, alot of the time helping the animals to not be ill, conserving money, and producing a much higher output of meat, if factory farming was used more commonly, the price of meat would fall as the supply increased matching the demand, if animals where bred in captivity and forcefull bred, it increases the population, combined with FF (factory farming), It is impossible to allow animals to be free range, purely for the wellfare of the animals, is immoral as it increases the price of meat and therefore contributes towards malnutrition and poverty in humans…..

as i have very poorly demonstrated, the problems of humanity are not one problem, they are linked with, near enough every other proble, and finding a solution to one, creates more problems in another, and unfortunately, sometimes the governments cannot foresee a negative, and so adjust themselves in that way and are surprised when this error comes up, but at the end of the day, we are all human, we cannot be perfect alot of the time. Countries are all in dept with each other because they each seek to perfect themselves and perfect human knowlage or law of science.

There is always more than meets the eye and im not saying the government is perfect and trying their hardest to correct things, but just because we see one thing as a bad thing, others may not. I choose to take the positive message of not being able to find a job, the positive message being people actually want jobs now, unlike a few years ago where everyone just scrounged off of benefits….. perhaps this is all just a master plan devised by the government in order to make people want to work, then in another year or so they will release a flow of money that ends the recession and everyone is working, with only the people who need benefits, on them. and if that is the case i applaud the ingenuity (although i doubt it is, i just made up the idea on the spot). As with the FF, a little suffering is a small price to pay for partially solving the problems of humanity.

if you had a choice between having your cat’s whiskers plucked, or having it’s eyes cut out (with anasthetic)…. would you choose the whiskers?…. a small amount of pain or a life of blindness? sorry to spoil your innocence but this is the way the world works.

dex
November 3, 2011 9:25 am

Hey 11 year old kid.. a few things for you to consider, first off, you seem really smart! a very intelligent individual..

Fact#1:
Global Warming is not something we can do anything about.

Fact#2:
Global Warming is being caused by the fact that the sun is HOTTER than it usually is. This can be attributed to the fact that the frequency of our Solar System is increasing.

The people that rule our lives (the elite), want us all to believe that Global Warming is a man-made phenomenon.

It isn’t.

Global Warming is not unique to the Earth. it’s happening to every planet in our Solar System. But our ‘rulers’ want us to think that it’s OUR fault. Don’t be fooled!

Please do some research on the Earth Frequency Rising.

The government is not failing. It’s doing what it was designed to do. MAINTAIN CONTROL. They do this by using economics, the military, and religion. Watch ‘The Zeitgeist’ on Youtube. Very informative.

Remember, those in power will do anything in their power to stay in power. And this is what they’ve been doing for over 100 years… If you look at the ruling class, the bloodlines go way back.. they’re all related!! do the research.. it’s all there.

The extreme weather will increase.. it’s supposed to. This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius! A time of change from darkness into light – A Golden Era! Embrace it! We are going through growing pains right now.. but we will emerge into a very new, and very different world.

Cheers kid!
Dex

OKL
October 23, 2011 7:31 pm

Unless next fourth of July is celebrated with ICBM’s instead of fireworks, there is no plausible explanation for the world coming to and end, or even being severely harmed, in 2012. To all those who claim strangely high frequencies of disasters, warfare, cosmic events, etc. these are nothing unusual. They only seem to be concentrated in recent times because recent events are fresher in public memory, media is more sensationalist and pessimistic than ever, and those who would profit from people believing in an apocalypse like to point out such things without having hard data to support them. (Or, if they do have data, they don’t compare it to anything. For example, citing the high number of earthquakes in the past year becomes meaningless as soon as you point out that there were just as many the year before, or in the case of warfare, that the numbers are actually decreasing over the years.) Any who cite the Mayans as predicting the 2012 apocalypse have been misinformed, most likely through no fault of their own. First of all, the Mayan calendar ends in 2012 in the same way that ours ends on Dec. 31: it simply means that a new unit of time is beginning, not that time is ending. Furthermore, modern day Mayans do not, as far as I know, support the 2012 apocalypse theory. I will not even address the Nibiru theory as I find it completely ridiculous. There is no theory of a 2012 apocalypse that is consistent with current observations, and even if there was, it would be up to those who created it to support it with verifiable fact, not up to NASA or the government to refute it. Thus, it will be no more likely that the world would end on Dec. 21. 2012 than it was that it would end today.

Pete
October 12, 2011 4:05 am

Hi Tony,

Ha ha ha ha ha Well stated, did not take any offence to your comment about “Or perhaps your faith isn’t as strong as it should be?” My faith is well and very strong, to the extent that I am a home cell leader in my church, and minister to the youth once a month at our TIC (Teens in Christ) gathering and constantly studing the Bible.

I cannot take a bet “gentlemans agreement” with you if I agree with you, that will be silly. I am however glad to hear that your faith is so strong, that is a rare thing these days, as I believe people seem to have lost the plot a little, due to many events in their lives.

What country are you from,? I live in Sunny South Africa.

We must definitely stay in touch as your views on religion fasinates me. I do agree with a lot of your statements, but hope, as all christians do, that we will not be around for another few billion years.

There is so much to marvel, love and enjoy, that I agree with.

Regarding “(and then launch into a tirade against Islam because a blogger claims that Islam is the best religion in the world). I get rather frustrated with these people that think they have the answer to religion and not relying on what God’s word clearly states. I am doing self study on The book of Revelations and among other things Jewish, Islamic and Hindu religions. And, as I am from Africa I am rather interested in the religions of the different African cultures as well. So my statement was based on actual biblical facts that can be found on any religious website (if you would like to read up on it, let me know and I will give you the link.)

Stay well, hope to hear from you again..

Tony C
October 11, 2011 2:40 pm

Hi Pete,

You said: “Lets stick to the facts people, even if you did know for a fact (which you don’t) that the world will end 21/12/2012”

I am sorry I appear to have completely misunderstood you on reading that as I thought that you clearly said that the world will end on 21/12/2012.

It’s an easy one to make, I suppose.

The bet’s off, then. Never mind. If you are a bit skint, we’ll call it a “gentleman’s bet” on a handshake then, shall we? Make it one for pride or bragging rights only, eh?

Seriously, though, we all know that there are few certainties in life – except for death, the end of the universe and income tax. We all know that the world will end – probably in a few billion years but possibly sooner if we either nuke the place ourselves, the sun becomes a red giant or we get hit by some cataclysmic piece of cosmic debris. Disasters that have practically wiped out life on Earth have happened on many occasions in the past and are statistically quite likely to happen again in the future. Nothing new there then.

And you say that faith is not a competition… (and then launch into a tirade against Islam because a blogger claims that Islam is the best religion in the world). However, I wasn’t necessarily proposing a competition in the offering a wager.

I am merely expressing how much faith I have got and how much I am prepared to live by and rely on my faith. Even to the point of risking all worldly goods and placing myself in material (but not necessarily spiritual) poverty for the remaining 13 months that we’ve all got left (allegedly).

Given the challenge, I would have expected you to do the same. Maybe to show that the God of Abraham is prepared to tweak the laws of physics he has created just to help you along a little? Or perhaps your faith isn’t as strong as it should be?

Faith is pretty straightforward, really. You take a step on firm ground and it doesn’t give way. The sun rises every morning. We get wet in the rain. The seasons come and go. We get old (hopefully) before we must leave this very great city and should not be offended when so asked (Marcus Aurelius). Happens every time.

And you know what?

The real magic and uplifting thought is that there is so much to marvel, love and enjoy in the world around us but sadly, we often miss it because our attentions are being fixed elsewhere by mcguffins that pop up to distract us from time to time.

Anyway, shan’t keep you any longer and I’m sure you have plenty to do yourself before the World ends.

Pete
October 11, 2011 12:02 am

Hi Tony,
I am not saying the world will end on 21/12/2012. As a christian I believe exactly what Stanley A. Komoras says above.

What might have misslead you was my statements, so let me explain:

End of the world is coming, that is a fact. – It is going to happen, as it says in the bible, so no matter how long from now, but it will happen.

You will all die, someday, that is a fact. – It is going to happen, as everybody I have ever known or will ever meet will die someday.

Mark 13:32 “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father”

I also agree with him that it is to again some sort of sick FAME. If Jesus does not know the day or hour when He will come, who are we, as mere mortals to predict this.
Faith is not a competition, it’s a heart condition, so I will not enter into what you call “My faith against yours”
If you have faith in the Lord and Saviour, my brother that makes me extremely happy to know that I will see you in heaven one day. Keep the faith and may God bless you so much that you would not be able to contain it.

Tony C
October 10, 2011 2:37 pm

Hi Pete,

You say that the world will end on 21 December 2012.

I’ll bet you £10,000 that you are wrong. We’ll each put into an Escrow agreement to see fair play.

My faith against your faith.

What’s it going to be?

Stanley A. Komoras
October 10, 2011 4:28 am

All predictions about the end of time, dooms day and comming of Christ were wrong. All future ones will be untrue too, I will never believe in anyone who will predict about the comming of Christ, Dooms day or Judgement day, not even an angel because the Bible (Jesus) said it clearly.
“Mark 13:32 “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father”
I think that all those who predicts about the end time does it for FAME!!

Pete
October 10, 2011 12:52 am

I have read all the comments and the 20 questions and answers, Dr. Morrison, I would like to add that everybody will have their own opinion on this subject, but maybe we should do what we all should have done at the beginning of this chaos and that is to go on our knees and ask God. He is the ONLY one that knows, NO ONE else’s opinion means anything, as they are guessing and do not know for sure.

End of the world is coming, that is a fact.
You will all die, someday, that is a fact.

Lets stick to the facts people, even if you did know for a fact (which you don’t) that the world will end 21/12/2012, what can you do about it.

Here is a suggestion “Get God in your life” that is the only way you will get through this. Hidding underground will only take you closer to Hell.

Shadow_I
November 2, 2011 2:02 am
Reply to  Pete

if you’re telling people to stick to what they know then you should not be preaching about the lord, which is backed up by near ZERO scientific evidance, and is full of flaws and things that are wrong. We know via charles darwin that god did not create the humans and animals….. Turning water into wine can be done by any miscreant, including myself, it never specified a time period in which jesus supposedly did this. I don’t mean to slam on christianity, because the ideals and the spirit that, not just christianity, but alot of religeons around the world, is extremely good, and it can help people when they most need it, however, believing blindly that the bible is the word of the lord and that everything in it is a given fact, believeing that god knows everything and that if you are bad you go to hell, is no worse than 2012 conspiritors

FACT : The bible is the number #1 best-selling book in history
FACT : The concept of hell was used by the catholic church to scare citizens into donating money and devoting their life labouring for the catholic church

Just saying………………………

Calililli
October 9, 2011 6:50 pm

There IS doom, but only in this context, “those who do not know history are DOOMED to repeat it.”

Tony C
September 21, 2011 4:41 pm

Easiest way to deal with these doom-mongers is to lay cash on the table.

Offer a substantial bet that they are wrong – say, $10,000 (you can raise the money on your home).

When the sun rises on 22nd December 2012, pop round with a bottle of champers and collect your winnings.

What usually happens, though, is that they refuse point blank to back up their faith and trust in their knowledge. But the plus side is that waving around a few dollars usually shuts them up.

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