With the Mayan apocalypse deadline upon us, officials find it necessary to point out the fact that a myth does not make an actual threat.
The U.S. government writes a blog post about it, titled “Scary Rumors about the World Ending in 2012 Are Just Rumors.”
Many believe that Mayan calendar comes to an abrupt end in 2012, this month; however, the post aims to clarify that, since there is no real danger, false rumors are the only ones causing the commotion.
“The world will not end on December 21, 2012, or any day in 2012,” the entry reads.
Other causes of an apocalypse listed as rumors on the USA government website are a comet hitting Earth, which there is no record of, or a mysterious planet entering a collision with ours.
The “many others” section listed on the same website leads to a NASA article, in which these theories are disproved.
The hidden planet said to cause a catastrophe by running into Earth on its course is Nibiru, discovered by the Sumerians. However, it has never been noted using modern astronomical equipment.
The collision was initially predicted for May 2003, but is now being connected to the supposed end of the Mayan calendar. Nibiru has also been referred to as Planet X by believers in the apocalypse.
The Mayan previsions do not end in 2012, the calendar continues on January 1. The date of December 21 being used in speculations about the dreaded “end of the world” marks the winter solstice.
No planetary alignments are set to throw the world as we know it off its balance, as none is registered in the following days, or decades.
When alignments occur, their effects on our planet are not destructive. Also, no comets and asteroids are set to hit Earth this winter, causing major damage.