November 10, 2009
NASA Says World Will Not End In 2012
NASA has launched an investigation in its efforts to prove that world will not come to an end on December 21, 2012, despite the claims of many Internet theorists.
The theory states that world will come to an end, based on deductions from the Mayan calendar, as a mysterious planet, Nibiru, collides with Earth.
The claims have fueled a Sony Picture, titled "2012," which will come to theaters on Friday.
Some Internet theorists have blamed NASA for keeping information concealed about the Earth's doomsday.
"There is no factual basis for these claims," NASA said on its Web site.
"Astronomers would have been tracking it for at least the past decade, and it would be visible by now to the naked eye."
"Obviously, it does not exist."
"Credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012," said NASA.
NASA added that the Mayan calendar does not end on December 21, 2012, as many have insisted. Instead, it begins another period as soon as the calendar comes to an end.
According to AFP, some theorists claim that the Earth's rotation and magnetic polarity are related, causing a magnetic reversal roughly about every 400,000 years.
"As far as we know, such a magnetic reversal doesn't cause any harm to life on Earth," said NASA.
"We have already determined that there are no threatening asteroids as large as the one that killed the dinosaurs," the space agency insisted.
Image Caption: V838 Mon, a star with an expanding gas shell passed off as "photographic evidence" of Nibiru. Credit: Caption - Wikipedia, Image - NASA, ESA and H.E. Bond (STScI)
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