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December 21, 2012 won't be the end of the world day: NASA
According to NASA scientists, the world will exist beyond 2012. However, on December 21, it will be another winter solstice as usual. The scientists inform that a solstice is an astronomical event that occurs twice each year as the Sun reaches its highest or lowest excursion relative to the celestial equator on the celestial sphere.

THERE IS nothing to worry, since every winter solstice is the solstice that occurs in December. It is a time at which the Sun is appearing at noon at its lowest altitude above the horizon. In the Northern Hemisphere this is the Southern solstice, the time at which the Sun is at its southernmost point in the sky, which usually occurs on December 21 to 22 each year. There is no evidence as per science in the doomsday rumours.

"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," informed NASA, reported NASA's website. Though, the Mayan calendar ends in December 2012 but it is like the calendar you have on your kitchen wall, which does not cease to exist after December 31, the same way the Mayan calendar does not cease to exist on December 21, 2012. "This date is the end of the Mayan long-count period but then - just as your calendar begins again on January 1 - another long-count period begins for the Mayan calendar," added the NASA web site.

According to NASA, each December, the Earth and the Sun align at the approximate center of the Milky Way Galaxy but that is an annual event of no consequence. At the same time, NASA has advised people not to believe in the rumours and the fictional and fake stuff flying around through cyberspace, TV and the movies, as it is not based on science.

"Nibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an Internet hoax. There is no factual basis for these claims. If Nibiru or Planet X were real and headed for an encounter with the Earth in 2012, astronomers would have been tracking it for at least the past decade, and it would be visible by now to the naked eye. Obviously, it does not exist. Eris is real, but it is a dwarf planet similar to Pluto that will remain in the outer solar system; the closest it can come to Earth is about 4 billion miles," clarifies NASA.

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