by Shane White
NASA recently wrote an article entitled NASA - 2012: Beginning of the End or Why the World Won't End? in which they attempt to ease the minds of those who claim that 2012 is the year of the end of the world as indicated on the Mayan calendar. Many people accept all these answers and comments without doing any research of their own.
NASA selected a series of questions that were submitted from somewhere and posted their answers. This is my response to their statements.
NASA: Nothing bad will happen to the Earth in 2012. 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.
MY RESPONSE: I guess this all depends on what your definition of "bad" is. There are possibilities of solar flares hitting the earth, asteroid collisions, volcanoes, super volcanoes, huge earthquakes, tsunamis, and other potentially catastrophic events that can happen with little or no warning. Flat out saying nothing bad will happen in 2012 is just a roll of the dice. There is always the possibility that something bad will happen at any time.
NASA: The story started with claims that Nibiru, a supposed planet discovered by the Sumerians, is headed toward Earth. 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.
MY RESPONSE: So apparently a lady by the name of Nancy Lieder who is communicated with by gray aliens called Zetas via a communication device put in her brain knows otherwise. I suppose it is up to us to decide if we believe her or not. If she is correct then we are in deep trouble because we are headed for a Nibiru cataclysm. (Reference Nibiru cataclysm - Wikipedia)
NASA: Just as the calendar you have on your kitchen wall does not cease to exist after December 31, the Mayan calendar does not cease to exist on December 21, 2012. This date is the end of the Mayan long-count period but then -- just as your calendar begins again on January 1 -- another long-count period begins for the Mayan calendar.
MY RESPONSE: NASA is correct. December 21, 2012 is the beginning of the 14th baktun (20 cycles of their long count calendar). Unless there is something to this date that we don't yet understand.
NASA: 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 on the Earth would be negligible. 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.
MY RESPONSE: This is also correct. These alignments would only effect us if they were long term which just doesn't happen. At least as far as we know.
NASANibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an Internet hoax. There is no factual basis for these claims. If Nibiru or Planet X were real and headed for an encounter with the Earth in 2012, 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. Eris is real, but it is a dwarf planet similar to Pluto that will remain in the outer solar system; the closest it can come to Earth is about 4 billion miles.
MY RESPONSE: This might be correct, but we read in the news all the time about objects that seems to have been missed and are discovered only a short time before they pass us.
NASA: A reversal in the rotation of Earth is impossible. 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. However, many of the disaster websites pull a bait-and-switch to fool people. They claim a relationship between the rotation and the magnetic polarity of Earth, which does change irregularly, with a magnetic reversal taking place every 400,000 years on average. As far as we know, such a magnetic reversal doesn’t cause any harm to life on Earth. A magnetic reversal is very unlikely to happen in the next few millennia, anyway.
MY RESPONSE: A magnetic reversal does not mean a rotation reversal. These things do not affect each other. Some scientists believe that a magnetic reversal happens around every 50,000 years or so as a normal cycle of the earth. It is not likely that it will have any effect on the earth. As for rotation, it is believed that Uranus, which rotates on its side, did not always rotate that way. Perhaps some large object collided with it and turned it on its sideways axis. Perhaps Pluto whose orbit crosses close to Uranus, or one of the billions of planets that apparently fly aimlessly through our galaxy and universe.
NASA: The Earth has always been subject to impacts by comets and asteroids, although big hits are very rare. The last big impact was 65 million years ago, and that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs. Today NASA astronomers are carrying out a survey called the Spaceguard Survey to find any large near-Earth asteroids long before they hit. We have already determined that there are no threatening asteroids as large as the one that killed the dinosaurs. All this work is done openly with the discoveries posted every day on the NASA NEO Program Office website, so you can see for yourself that nothing is predicted to hit in 2012.
MY RESPONSE: Do you really believe that they have found every object that will be coming close to earth? Here are just a few articles of asteroids that have flown past earth with very little notice in the last few years. http://news.discovery.com/space/asteroid-2011-md-near-miss-monday-110624.html, http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,503164,00.html, and http://blogs.nature.com/news/2010/09/short_notice_for_asteroids_nea.html are the first three I found since 2009.
NASA: For any claims of disaster or dramatic changes in 2012, where is the science? Where is the evidence? There is none, and for all the fictional assertions, whether they are made in books, movies, documentaries or over the Internet, we cannot change that simple fact. There is no credible evidence for any of the assertions made in support of unusual events taking place in December 2012.
MY RESPONSE: This is true. There is no absolute proof that doomsday will happen. But on the other hand, can you really rule it out? The fact is they have no proof that it will not happen.
NASA: Solar activity has a regular cycle, with peaks approximately every 11 years. Near these activity peaks, solar flares can cause some interruption of satellite communications, although engineers are learning how to build electronics that are protected against most solar storms. But there is no special risk associated with 2012. The next solar maximum will occur in the 2012-2014 time frame and is predicted to be an average solar cycle, no different than previous cycles throughout history.
MY RESPONSE: This might not be true at all. Many experts have said that a solar flare can cause an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) that can cause all kinds of electrical disturbances from damage to satellites, disruptions to communications, up to catastrophic failure or our power grid causing decades to rebuild to total failure of everything that uses electricity. This would include computers, cars, your house, everything. Even your solar panels and wind generators would fail. (Reference http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_flare)
I know NASA has good intentions to try to ease our minds. The last thing we all need is a massive panic and martial law. I would say that there is not a lot you could do in any of these situations that you should be doing to prepare anyway. Storing food, keeping self protection handy, and having something useful or valuable for trade, and so on. Always be ready.