BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Some believe the world will end on Friday based on the Mayan calendar. Whether you agree or not, there certainly has been a lot of discussion around December 21.
Some TV shows and websites are claiming Friday will see widespread destruction, with solar flares torching the Earth, a rogue planet heading toward Earth, planetary alignments, polar shifts, or planetary alignments causing havoc. But NASA and the scientific community is asking: where is the evidence?
Tim Collins is a senior presenter at Buffalo State College's planetarium. He says the doomsday hysteria stems from the ancient Mayan calendar ending on December 21, 2012.
"When the Mayans had ages end in the past, they believe they ended with some kind of catastrophic event. But it was only related to their culture - not to other ones," Collins explained.
A look at Google yields many results on the subject. Websites, books and TV programs are all trying to deduce what happens at the end of the Mayan long-count period.
Collins explained, "What it is is the end of an age to the Mayans. Saturday, December 22nd will happen. So you are going to have to finish your shopping one way or another."
NASA scientists also say the world will not end on December 21. Just as our calendar begins again on January 1, they say another long-count period begins for the Mayan calendar.
David Morrison of the NASA Ames Research Center said, "Some people think that the Maya calendar from the ancient Maya civilization comes to an end on December 21st, or even that the Maya predicted some sort of catastrophe. That's simply not true."
But despite the scientific debunking there are still some who see a connection between the end of the ancient Mayan calendar and a doomsday prophecy.
A local artist even created a cast iron relief sculpture showing the Mayan calendar and doomsday theories.
Michael Balabasz said, "It's the opposite of modern art, where you interpret the artwork. Here the artwork is clear. What the image is and what the issues are."
One woman told News 4 on Wednesday that even if the world ends December 21, we won't be around to talk about it anyway.
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