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2012: Fact or fiction?

By WTOC staff

(WTOC) - Is the world going to end in 2012? Many believe a catastrophic event on December 21, 2012, the last day on the Mayan calendar, will destroy the world as we know it.

But according to NASA's website scientists say the end of the Mayan calendar has no real significance.

"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," said NASA scientists on their website. "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."

Part of the story says our destruction may come from another planet called Nibiru that's supposedly headed towards Earth. But scientists have dispelled that rumor as well.

"Nibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an internet hoax," NASA says on their website. "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."

But others believe the end of the world is near. According to Robert Bast who runs a website called, Survive2012.com, something could threaten man kind in the year 2012.

"The consensus of opinion is that there will be great change. To some people this means a positive, spiritual change. Others, like myself, consider that a catastrophic event may have been predicted," he says on his website.

Bast also says on his website that he thinks, "ancient civilizations have left us coded warnings" about the year 2012 and we should be paying attention them.

If you'd like to see more from NASA's about 2012, read their article: 2012: Beginning of the End or Why the World Won't End?.

For more from Robert Bast, visit http://survive2012.com/.

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