NASA Debunks 2012 Doomsday Speculation
Space agency posts note to dispel theories
NASA wants everyone to forget hard-fought theories that the world will end Dec. 21 012. The space agency has made a post to address concerns that humans will no longer be alive in 2013.
"Given a legitimate need to protect Earth from the most intense forms of space weather -– great bursts of electromagnetic energy and particles that can sometimes stream from the sun -– some people worry that a gigantic 'killer solar flare' could hurl enough energy to destroy Earth," NASA writes.
NASA says the sun does not have enough energy to “send a killer fireball 93 million miles to destroy Earth,” as speculators suggest.
"Citing the accurate fact that solar activity is currently ramping up in its standard 11-year cycle, there are those who believe that 2012 could be coincident with such a flare. But this same solar cycle has occurred over millennia. Anyone over the age of 11 has already lived through such a solar maximum with no harm. In addition, the next solar maximum is predicted to occur in late 2013 or early 2014, not 2012."
Claims that everyone will die December 2012 derived from a notion that Nibiru, a planet discovered by the Sumerians, will head toward the earth, Cnews reports.
"This catastrophe was initially predicted for May 2003, but when nothing happened the doomsday date was moved forward to December 2012. Then these two fables were linked to the end of one of the cycles in the ancient Mayan calendar at the winter solstice in 2012 -- hence the predicted doomsday date of December 21, 2012," the post states.
"Nothing bad will happen to the Earth in 2012," NASA says. "Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012."