The world will end on Dec. 21, 2012, if you choose to believe the Mayan calendar.
The federal government does not.
The government reassured concerned citizens that the world would not end this year or anytime in the near future. In a blog post on USA.gov, the government calls on experts from NASA to debunk the Mayan myths.
“False rumors about the end of the world in 2012 have been commonplace on the Internet for some time,” the post said. “Many of these rumors involve the Mayan calendar ending in 2012 (it won’t), a comet causing catastrophic effects (definitely not), a hidden planet sneaking up and colliding with us (no and no).”
David Morrison, a planetary astronomer and senior scientist for NASA, says, “At least a once a week I get a message from a young person ― as young as 11 ― who says they are ill … because of the coming doomsday.”
NASA videos debunking end-of-the-world rumors: