Earth & Environment

Will the world end in 2012?

This is a very common question which we receive here at Ask a Scientist quite regularly;

What will happen in 2012? Will the world end?
Connie, London

With the end of the Mayan calendar this year, and the talk of a new beginning (the apocalypse), has there been a lot of strange happenings around the world in 2012 or no more than usual ?
Aaron, Cardiff

Is it true that the world is coming to an end?
Dakota, USA

The short background of this question is that the Mayan’s just so happened to stop making their calendar in 2012. For a civilisation who lived roughly between 2000 – 4000 years ago to have made their calendar continue for so long is quite impressive already, and after all, they had to stop somewhere, unless it’d be a never ending job.

However apparently some people do seemingly think that they should have kept on forever making the calendar, millennia into the future, because if not it would signal the end of the world as we know it, and simply because an ancient civilisation got to the year 2012 AD and thought ‘I think that’s covered for a while’.

Hopefully you’ve come to your own conclusion already but quite simply, the short answer is simply no, the world is not coming to an end in 2012.

There’s many, many theories which people have created to try to justify their claims and NASA have done a pretty good job debunking them on their own website.

Worthy of note, is quite simply;

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

And if that doesn’t quite satisfy you, here’s a video we found on YouTube which nicely summarises the facts.