The Truth Behind 2012

Gina Plutchok, Reporter

Why do people believe that December 21, 2012 will be the end of humanity? Each individual has his or her own reason to drive themselves crazy with this rumor about the world ending. Some believe that there will be a zombie apocalypse or even the start of World War III. Others believe that earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions are going to outbreak. In some opinions, people just believe what other people tell them.

The story started with claims that Nibiru, a discovered planet the Sumerians, is headed towards Earth. This disaster was predicted to happen May of 2003, but nothing happened. So the date was moved forward to December 2012. These dates linked back to Mayan Calendar at the winter solstice in 2012; hence the doomsday predicted date, December 21, 2012.

If any of these phenomenons were to occur, astronomers would have been tracking it for the past decade. It would also be visible to the naked eye. Also, Nostradamus, a 16th century French philosopher, didn’t even formulate or predict that this was correct. None of his ideas were related to 2012.

Just so you are aware about what is predicted to occur, people are babbling on about a massive gravity burst. It’s a ridiculous thought that you can turn gravity on and off like a light switch. A popular rumor that has been floating around was about the solar flares. It’s said that we would probably be expecting to have many electrical problems. We all survived Hurricane Irene just fine. Another rumor that’s been making its way around is the enormous black hole that’s in the center of our galaxy. Our solar system is approximately 28,000 light-years from the center of our galaxy. The black hole at the center has no influence on the magnetic field of the earth and a very, very tiny gravitational influence. We are simply too far away. A large section of doomsday believers believe a dramatic reversal of Earth’s magnetic poles is imminent and that it will trigger a reversal of the planet’s rotation and the subsequent catastrophic events.

All this commotion is for nothing. 2012 is just something for everybody to worry about, but nothing will happen. The Earth has been fine for 3.5 billion years. It’s not going to end just because of what the Mayans predicted 20 centuries ago. The Mayan culture revolved around the world ending. During every solstice, a priest would predict that the world was to end on a specific date.