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Nasa posts YouTube video debunking Maya 'Armageddon'

Published on Dec 21, 2012 6:27 AM

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (REUTERS) - The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) is so sure there will be a Dec 22, 2012, it has already posted a YouTube video titled Why the World Didn't End Yesterday. Scientists say rumours on social media and the Internet of Earth's premature demise have been prompted by a misunderstanding of the ancient Maya calendar, which runs through Dec 21, 2012.

"It's just the end of the cycle and the beginning of the new one. It's just like on Dec 31, our calendar comes to an end, but a new calendar for the next year begins on Jan 1," Don Yeomans, head of Nasa's Near-Earth Object programme at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said in a separate YouTube video.

According to the story circulating on the Internet, an enormous rogue planet called Niburu is on a collision course with Earth.

"If it were, we would have seen it long ago and it if were invisible somehow, we would have seen its effects on the neighboring planets. Thousands of astronomers who scan the night skies on a daily basis have not seen this," Mr Yeomans said.

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