Still concerned about 2012?

Mar 12, 2012 by Jason Major, Universe Today

Don’t be.

Don Yeomans, senior research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, was kind enough to address some common questions regarding , such as the much-misunderstood Mayan “long-count” calendar, Nibiru, pole-reversal and other such purported “doomsday” devices. Check it out.

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Still set on the world ending come Dec. 21?

Back off, man. Don’s a scientist.

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jsdarkdestruction
5 / 5 (5) Mar 12, 2012
I wonder what laviolette will have to say when this ends up being correct and his galactic superwave disaster never materializes.

I also wonder what the next big doomsday prediction will be after 2012 proves to be wrong.
Vendicar_Decarian
0.7 / 5 (41) Mar 12, 2012
The next big doomsday prophecy is already being developed by right wing Propaganda Groups.

It is Obama's inevitable second term.
marksthomas
2.3 / 5 (3) Mar 12, 2012
After your sub-heading "Don't be", can you add, "You retards!"

Thanks.
LariAnn
3 / 5 (2) Mar 12, 2012
I've always maintained that the worst doom that could take place in 2012 is none of the catastrophes mentioned - it is that nothing at all will take place! However, I feel that Don Yeomans is a bit smug and too arrogant in making a statement like "there is no evidence for solar storms" - we've already had some good ones this solar cycle and we are not yet at maximum. Of course, whether even a severe one of the intensity of the Carrington Event of 1859 will take place cannot be known or predicted with current methodology. So Yeomans is out of line in coming across so self-confident as though he knows there cannot be such a storm in this solar cycle. The other doom possibility not mentioned is an unknown asteroid showing up in time for 2012 doom. Even he has to admit we do not know of all, or even a large fraction, of the asteroids that are out there and could pose a threat of some kind to our planet.
antialias_physorg
5 / 5 (7) Mar 12, 2012
The best argument I have yet heard is that since the invention of the A.D. calendar we've had over 500 leap years. The Mayan calendar did not account for leap years.
By their calendar we're already in mid June 2013.
Their 2012 is already long past and - guess what - nothing happened.
NotAsleep
4 / 5 (1) Mar 12, 2012
"Still set on the world ending come Dec. 21?

Back off, man. Dons a scientist."

Well in that case we should worry about the year 2060 when Isaac Newton predicts the world will end!
Kinedryl
5 / 5 (3) Mar 12, 2012
The war with Iran is sufficient risk factor for human civilization, especially when Russia and China will get involved. http://presstv.co...760.html
Sinister1811
1 / 5 (1) Mar 13, 2012
It seems that the closer we get to December 21st, the more it becomes apparent that nothing is going to happen. Which is unfortunate, because I was hoping something interesting would happen.
Callippo
1 / 5 (1) Mar 13, 2012
But for example the experiments at LHC are continuing at elevated energy level - despite the original promise of CERN, he will shutdown it over 2012. The war with Iran is planned to the end of 2012 and it could escalate into global nuclear conflict very fast. We can still experience a nice fireball at the end of 2012.
SomePeopleAreStupid
not rated yet Mar 13, 2012
The best argument I have yet heard is that since the invention of the A.D. calendar we've had over 500 leap years. The Mayan calendar did not account for leap years.
By their calendar we're already in mid June 2013.
Their 2012 is already long past and - guess what - nothing happened.


This is wrong, one you're comparing two different calendars and second we have leap years because there are 365 1/4 days in a year so every 4 years we add an extra day onto february.
NotAsleep
5 / 5 (2) Mar 15, 2012
The war with Iran is planned to the end of 2012 and it could escalate into global nuclear conflict very fast.

Your reference to a war with Iran comes from a nutjob blogging site and no one with any understanding of physics believe the LHC will cause any problems.