December 22nd, 2012 17:25 EST
NASA Scientists Hold Briefing on Why World Did Not End on December 21, 2012
NASA scientists have poured a large cup of coffee and sat down to answer some of the questions we have all been wondering about on the most recent events that were supposed to take place and didn`t and talked about some reasoning as to why the world did not end on December 21st.
I know many of you on Friday which was December 21st and was supposed to be the end the world probably either stayed up all night worrying about it, maybe decided to pack your suitcases and be ready for the what and why of whatever was supposed to happen, or probably drained your bank account, went out and partied all night enjoying your last set of Pap notes (one-hundred dollar bills) and woke up Friday with nothing more than a splitting headache and a stomach that felt like you could go and pray to the porcelain God (your toilet) after drinking those Tequila and lime shots all night.
Well, since I am sitting here drinking my hot cup of coffee and writing this article we must all still be sitting on this big rock because no, the world did not end. Many of you are probably scratching your head and saying to yourself, Huh? I believed the world was going to end and nope I am still here and everything still looks the same. What happened?
And the answer to your question of what happened? Well, let`s first take this answer in baby steps to lead up to the climax of fully answering your question. As NASA scientist basically put it there really is no direct answer to this question because when the world will end will not be up to scientist but will be up to a higher power so the way NASA answered this question was "The world will not end in 2012. Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012." (nasa.com)
So, you see we have been around for at least four billion years twirling around in the line of planets in our solar system we probably will be around for another four-billion years doing the same thing. With this answer a lot of people are asking, "Well, the Mayan Calendar said the world was going to end on December 21st when their calendar was ending, so what`s up with that?"
As NASA scientists stated the story behind this myth started with a little planet named Nibiru supposedly discovered by the Sumerians that was predicted to collide with Earth, thus ending the world. The initial date for this catastrophe to happen was originally predicted for May 2003 and when it did not happen then the doomsday date was moved forward to December 21, 2012 and linked to one of the cycles in the ancient Mayan calendar at the winter solstice in 2012. So, it was just a cycle in the Mayan calendar not the end of the world, sounds almost like a lot of miscommunication. You probably still have a big question of; "If the end of the world hype was only attributed to cycle in the Mayan calendar then will the Mayan calendar still end?
Think about it in terms of the normal calendar you have sitting in your den or hanging on the wall of your office. Will that calendar cease to exist after December 31st? No, as just as that calendar will not cease to exist it will just start over again on January 1, 2013 so will the Mayan calendar. In Mayan terms the reason their calendar ending was just about the same reason our normal calendar ends. The Mayan calendar has what is known as `Long Counts` our calendar has years, days, weeks and months. The long counts on the Mayan calendar are just a stretch of time highlighted in the calendar, so as our months and years end on our calendar the Mayan long terms end. And just like our calendar when the months and years end our time period just starts over. (January turns to February, February turns to March and so on) the Mayan calendar long counts just starts over to a new long count.
So, all the paranoia on the world was going to end because the Mayan calendar was going to end on December 21st was nothing more than the ending of the period on the Mayan calendar known as the long count not the calendar ending and certainly not the end of the world.
Another funny piece of not true trivia that I heard about was that the lights were going to go out on December 23 and come back on December 25th when all of a sudden when the lights came back on and you looked out your window the Earths scenery was going to be completely different. I guess whoever came up with this idea that was supposed to happen possibly was an ex-drama major? I mean it sounds like something out of a High School play. You would see the first scene of the play then the lights go out in the auditorium and then they come back on scene two is set on the stage and the scenery is of course different. That`s all I can think of who would come up with far-fetched idea like this some people have some vivid imaginations, hey I know who this person may be, a writer, yeah I admit, us writers do come up with some of the off the wall ideas and have an imagination larger than Fat Albert but hey, that`s where all the fun and excitement comes in when you read our articles, books and maybe see our movies that if we are good enough our ideas go to Hollywood and BAM! The next big box office smash hits the silver screen.
NASA scientists commented on the lights out idea by saying when they were asked if they were predicting a `total blackout` on December 23rd to December 25th; "absolutely not. Neither NASA nor any other scientific organization is predicting such a blackout. The false reports on this issue claim that some sort of "alignment of the Universe" will cause a blackout. There is no such alignment. Some versions of this rumor cite an emergency preparedness message from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. This is simply a message encouraging people to be prepared for emergencies, recorded as part of a wider government preparedness campaign. It never mentions a blackout". (nasa.com)
So, yes, the planets do align in our universe but not like it was a routine occurrence. NASA commented on this by stating, "there are no planetary alignments in the next few decades and even if these alignments were to occur, their effects on the Earth would be negligible. One major alignment occurred in 1962, for example, and two others happened during 1982 and 2000. Each December the Earth and sun align with the approximate center of the Milky Way Galaxy but that is an annual event of no consequence." (nasa.com)
I also think a lot of our ideas that fuel our imagination come from books and movies. We probably see a show read a good book or see a movie and then the plot of that movie or show engrains in our short-term memory and comes out a very different concept that we tend to manufacture in our imagination ourselves. NASA scientists also commented on this by saying, "There apparently is a great deal of interest in celestial bodies, and their locations and trajectories at the end of the calendar year 2012. Now, I for one love a good book or movie as much as the next guy. But the stuff flying around through cyberspace, TV and the movies is not based on science. There is even a fake NASA news release out there..."(nasa.com)
So, you don`t have to leave your porch light on for three days because I think the sun will still come up on those three days and shine bright like a your Christmas star sitting on the top of your finely decorated Christmas tree.
As Christmas Eve approaches with each tick of the clock Santa Claus, his elves, last minute Christmas shoppers, mall traffic (with the last minute shoppers) Wal-Mart employees (where us poor Christmas shoppers shop) and the entire function of the world will still continue moving forward like a well-oiled machine as we now know that the end of the world will not happen, at least will not happen when the ones with the vivid imaginations said it would (us writers) and as I mentioned in one of my last recent articles on the coming of the end of the world; will Santa be able to deliver Christmas presents this year?
I think we all know the answer to this question. So, clean your chimneys leave out the plate of cookies and glass of milk by the fireplace, hang the Christmas stockings as straight as an arrow in flight because yes, Ol` Santa will be squeezing his large body in your little square hole on the top of your chimney and sliding down the chimney with a loud Thunk! As he hits the chimney floor with his magical white sack of Christmas joys and yes, each child will receive their toys. As Grandma`s delicious smell of old school baking fills the room, the cold winter wind will zoom, as the Christmas shopper stand in those long checkout lines and grumble, the Christmas Grinch will suddenly become humble.
To answer the magical question of will Santa be able to deliver Christmas present this year because the world will still be here? Yes, is the magical answer that takes away the grief and fills our warm heart this Christmas season with plenty of relief? Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday season to all and to all a good night (as Santa will be saying in a few days from now).
Beyond 2012: Why the World Won`t End (2012) (www.nasa.com) Retrieved December 2012.