Hyderabad: Many people seem apprehensive that the world will end next week, as predicted by the Mayan calendar, but astronomers rubbish the view. Experts say that there might be a few localised events here and there, but the world will go on.
The US space agency NASA on Friday released a video online titled The World Didn’t End Yesterday, which rubbishes the claim that the world will end on December 21.
The video, meant to be watched on December 22, says the interpretation of the Mayan calendar is wrong.
City-based scientists suggest that the world will remain intact after the much publicised date. Any incident occurring on December 21 should not be linked to the Mayan prediction, they say.
N. Sri Raghunandan, secretary, Planetary Society, India, said, “Things are happening everywhere, but they are all part of the natural process. It would be a lie to say that nothing would happen on the day but nothing extreme will happen.”
Dr B.G. Sidharth, director, Birla Science Centre, trashed the theory.
“It is utter nonsense. There is absolutely no scientific basis or truth in it. It is just being sensationalised,” he said.
Rumours have been circulated which suggest that there would be planetary realignment, galactic realignment or even asteroids hitting the Earth.
“Scientists have listed all the potentially hazardous asteroids for the next fifty years and there is nothing expected now. Supernova explosions are also not expected,” Raghunandan added.