Some people believe that human civilization will be destroyed by an apocalyptic event on December 21, 2012, disaster was predicted by the Maya civilization. To respond to rumors on the “Mayan apocalypse”, NASA experts have released a new video that provides an answer to those who believe in apocalyptic theories.
NASA chose Dan Yeomans, head of Near-Earth Objects program of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, to meet people apocalyptic assumptions on the Internet.
Many people believe that in December this year the Maya calendar used to reach final, since it will coincide with a cataclysmic event. This is wrong, says NASA expert. “Maya calendar does not end on December 21, 2012. This is only the end of a cycle and start a new one. Something similar happens in the day December 31: Our calendar comes to an end, but a new beginning with January 1, “said Yeomans.
Another case that made headlines on the Internet refers to an imaginary planet called Nibiru.
Many people believe that this planet is approaching Earth from outside the Solar System and will collide with Earth in December. “This enormous planet which supposedly would close to Earth there. If there were, we saw a long time. And if this world would be invisible, we have observed gravitational effects that would have had on nearby planets. None of the thousands of daily sky astronomers aimed not observed such an effect, “said Yeomans.
Yeomans added that it is impossible for NASA to hide the truth in this case. “Can you imagine the thousands of astronomers who study the sky could lock it over the years?” Yeomans asked.
NASA specialist commented assumption that how the planets and the sun will align in December will cause giant waves, with a devastating effect on Earth. “First, there will be no planetary alignment in December. Then, even if it would occur, would have no effect on Earth’s oceans. There are only two bodies in our solar system that can affect Earth’s oceans: Moon, it is very close, and Sun, which is massive and relatively close. Planets have a negligible effect on Earth, “Yeomans said.
Another contention of those who believe that the apocalypse will take place this year is that the Earth axis will reverse the December 21, 2012. “Earth’s rotation axis can not be changed because the Moon’s orbit around the Earth a stabilized and did nothing to change. As the Earth’s magnetic field, it changes from about 500,000 years, but there is no evidence that this will happen in December. If you would change, would take several thousand years. And this event would not create a problem on Earth, we should only compasses recalibrated, “said Yeomans.
To conclude, Yeomans quoted the famous astronomer Carl Sagan, who argued that “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence”. Yeomans added: “The beginning of time there were hundreds of thousands of prophecies referring to the end of the world, but we’re still here”.
Source: Scientific American