In 2012, on December 21, the Mayan calendar runs out. The world will then end, of course. I’d have hoped to live at least through the Rose Bowl, but we can’t have everything.

The Mayan apocalypse is the premise of the movie “2012,” and NASA has apparently been asked about it one too many times, because there’s an article on their website debunking the claims in the movie:

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.

The rest of the article is here. All I know is that at the end of 1990, my Baywatch calendar ran out and nothing happened, so I’m not too freaked about the Mayan thing.

Next up in the “NASA debunks science fiction movies” series: “The Death Star: Dude, is that thing real?”

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