Everything from big budget science fiction films to very real ancient texts have primed us for any number of doomsday scenarios promising to bring an end to civilization as we know it. But none have gained more traction in recent years than the Mayan calendar end-of-days prophecy. To address these concerns, NASA has released a new video in which the agency seeks to debunk any fears of a cosmic catastrophe.
Featuring David Morrison, a senior scientist and astrobiologist at NASA's Ames Research Center, the video goes down a list of now well-known doomsday rumors associated with the end of the Mayan calendar on December 21, 2012. Some of the rumors Morrison addresses include the oft-mentioned rogue planet called Nibiru, or "Planet X," crashing into the Earth, a change in the Earth's rotation, death by giant black hole, a fatal meteor strike, super strong volcanoes and earthquakes, and a three-day blackout.
Earlier this month, NASA released another video that goes into greater detail regarding Mayan culture and the rumors, titled "Why the World Didn't End Yesterday," a clip that assumes the viewer is watching it on December 22, from a safe non-post-apocalyptic state of affairs. And while some may think NASA may be indulging a few crackpots, the fact is that the Mayan calendar prophecy is now a worldwide phenomenon. In Russia, China, and Europe, governments have been forced to come to grips with the fact that many people are taking the Mayan prophecy seriously.
Fears associated with the doomsday rumors have even led some schools in the U.S. to cancel classes for the rest of the week. NASA has received so many phone calls and emails from concerned citizens that the agency has devoted an entire mini-site to the debunking the rumors.
Assuming you're still around to read this, you can check NASA's apocalypse debunking presentations in the videos below.