Of the many end-of-times theories out there, the world ending in 2012 is the most current theory being buzzed up. So rampant is the buzz, and so wide the belief that the world will end in December 2012, that post-2012 survival guides are now available and ACORN is organizing through the Human Continuity website, to prepare for post-2012 leadership. Dr. David Morrison the Senior Scientist of the NASA Astrobiology Institute refutes the 2012 Doomesday theory. See a video below.
The new movie, 2012, was spawned because of the intense interest in the Mayan calendar ending on December 21st when the planets are perfectly aligned in 2012, and the mysterious Planet Nibiru, or Planet X collides with Planet Earth, sending Earth into a "polar shift." Planet Earth is the loser, as Nibiru arcs-off to journey on. The earth reverses rotation and disaster ensues. Here is what Dr. Morrison has to say about the polar shift:
A reversal in the rotation of Earth is impossible. It has never happened and never will. There are slow movements of the continents (for example) Antarctica was near the equator hundreds of millions of years ago), but that is irrelevant to claims of reversal of the rotational poles.
However, many of the disaster websites pull a bait-and-shift to fool people. They claim a relationship between the rotation and the magnetic polarity of Earth, which does change irregularly — with a magnetic reversal taking place every 400,000 years on average. As far as we know, such a magnetic reversal doesn't cause any harm to life on Earth. A magnetic reversal is very unlikely to happen in the next few millennia, anyway.
But these sites falsely claim that a magnetic reversal is coming soon (in 2012) and that this is the same as, or will trigger, a reversal of rotational poles. The bottom line is: (a) Rotation direction and magnetic polarity are not related. (b) There is no reason to expect a reversal of magnetic polarity any time soon, or to anticipate any bad effects on life when it does eventually happen. (c) A sudden shift in rotational pole with disastrous consequences is impossible. Also, none of this has anything to do with the galactic equator or any of the other nonsense about alignments that appears on many of the conspiracy theory websites.The theories sort of run into each other. Some believe the Sun will be in the middle of the Milky Way in December 2012 and this will bring the solar shift. NASA's Astrobiology website says this cannot happen:
There is no alignment of planets or of the Sun with the Galaxy. As far as being in the center of the Galaxy, this is impossible; we are slowly orbiting the galactic center at a distance of about 30,000 light years. The idea of a “pole shift” is also unfounded. Most people seem to mean a rapid change in the rotational pole of the Earth, but this is something that has never happened and never will.Is this something you have given serious thought to? Has it made you think more than twice about our world ending in December 2012? Do you think it possible that our government - in fact, all governments and their bevy of scientists, could cover-up the impending doom of a colliding planet solely to prevent panic? I can see all over the web that some do not like Dr. Morrison's answers.
To be truthful, I remembered something about the Mayan calendar ending, but not much. I knew nothing about Nibiru. Getting into this is fascinating. A huge number of people believe Nibiru, or Planet X exists and, believes it will enter Earth's orbit at some time in the future with disasterous consequences.
The theory seems to be that a NASA satellite discovered the mythical Sumerian planet, Nibiru in 1983 and that it was reported in "leading newspapers." I can find none of those reports today. It may have been called Planet X, Planet Xena or Planet Eris at that time. Nibiru, according to the story, has been "hiding behind the sun." It will make itself evident to the Southern Hemisphere late 2010.
Dr. David Morrison says that a "sky survey" was done in 1983 and all "Planet X's" discovered would have been expediently named, and the name "Planet X" would no longer be applicable, until the next unidentifiable cosmic mystery was thought to be discovered. In fact, the NASA Infrared Astronomy Satellite which surveyed the sky, known as IRAS, has never identified a planet.
The 1983 studies have been duplicated with upgraded equipment and no Planet Nibiru has ever been recorded. The movie 2012 is due out November 13th, 2009. You can view a trailer here. In this new world of technology and communication, and the desperate need for fact checking, Columbia Pictures, or their publicity "people," have created a website, The Institute of Human Continuity (IHC), which Dr. Morrison says is entirely fictitious. IHC says their own "astronomers, astrophysicists and mathematicians" have conclusively verified that Planet X exists and will "interact with our Solar System in catastrophic ways by 2012." You can click on "Begin disaster scenario visualization," to see information about magnetic fields and the Earth, and escalating solar-magnetic activity. You can even choose when to send solar flares. Evidently some of us will live post-2012, because you can vote for post-2012 leaders. ACORN is registering voters now.