NASA Debunks Mayan Apocalypse Predictions

NASA has released a video this past weekend that debunks some of the popular scenarios predicted to take place in the future pertaining to the Mayan Apocalypse.

It was officially released by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory which hopes to address the concerns of people who believe the world will end in 2012.

The video was posted online Saturday and features Don Yeomas who heads the Near Earth Objects Program Office at NASA/JPL.

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Yeoman feels that those making predictions based on the Mayan calendar are misreading it.

"Their calendar does not end on December 21, 2012; it's just the end of the cycle and the beginning of a new one," he said during the video. "It's just like on December 31, our calendar comes to an end, but a new calendar begins on January 1."

Some conspiracy theorists also believe in a giant hidden planet that is called Niburu or Planet X that could be on a collision course with the Earth. They also feel that space agencies are working to hide any information on this planet. But NASA guarantees there is no truth to this claim.

"There are no planetary alignments in the next few decades, Earth will not cross the galactic plane in 2012, and even if these alignments were to occur their effects will be negligible," NASA has announced. "Each December the Earth and sun align with the approximate center of the Milky Way Galaxy but that is an annual event of no consequence."

Yeomans also touched on the subject of solar flares and the predictions of some who believe massive solar storms will hit the Earth this year. According to him, solar activity will peak in 2013, not in 2012.

He also stated that there was no evidence of impending solar storms.

The space agency addressed the theory derived from the Mayans that the alignment of Earth's magnetic poles would be reconfigured causing massive problems for the planet's inhabitants.

"A reversal in the rotation of Earth is impossible," said NASA. "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."

"As far as we know, such a magnetic reversal doesn't cause any harm to life on Earth," the agency added. "A magnetic reversal is very unlikely to happen in the next few millennia, anyway."

To see Don Yeoman explaining NASA's work on the project, click here.

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