According to some doomsday predictions, we are less than two years away from the end of Earth.
I don’t ascribe any truth to these scenarios, such as the one played out in the film, “2012.” I have not watched the movie, and I plan to keep it that way. However, I discovered today that NASA actually had to set up a special site devoted to debunking the crazy theories proposed in that film and elsewhere because it was getting so many related inquiries from the public.
I find this sad.
The site begins:
Remember the Y2K scare? It came and went without much of a whimper because of adequate planning and analysis of the situation. Impressive movie special effects aside, Dec. 21, 2012, won’t be the end of the world as we know. It will, however, be another winter solstice.
Much like Y2K, 2012 has been analyzed and the science of the end of the Earth thoroughly studied. Contrary to some of the common beliefs out there, the science behind the end of the world quickly unravels when pinned down to the 2012 timeline. Below, NASA Scientists answer several questions that we’re frequently asked regarding 2012 …
If you’re curious about the “science” behind the end of the world coming in 2012, NASA is nice enough to provide a Q&A here.