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Published on Sep 6, 2010

AdrianGBox | November 16, 2009

NASA scientist "David Morrison' STATES: "There is no threat to Earth in 2012.
"'2012' Trailer HD " 2012 - Official Trailer NASA SPEAKS THE TRUTH ABOUT "2012"

AS ROLAND EMMERICH'S disaster movie 2012 erupts at the global box office, American scientists have assured people that the world is not coming to an end in that year.

The film is inspired by a date in the Mayan calendar - equivalent to December 21, 2012 in modern reckoning - that marks the end of a cycle and is often wrongly interpreted as the date of doomsday.

Now, NASA has stepped in to dispel rumours that Earth really is heading for apocalypse.

The National Aeronautical and Space Agency has answered a series of key questions on its website to allay fears which have been heightened by the new movie.

NASA scientist David Morrison has had thousands of emails from people anxious about the end of the world and even knows of young people who want to commit suicide over it. He said: "There is no threat to Earth in the year 2012, so please don't worry about it."

He added: "I don't have anything against the movie. It's the way it's been marketed and the way it exploits people's fears.

"I can only hope that most people are able to distinguish Hollywood film plots from reality."

Fellow scientist Don Yeomans said: "There apparently is a great deal of interest in celestial bodies, and their locations and trajectories at the end of the calendar year 2012.

"Now, I for one love a good book or movie as much as the next guy. But the stuff flying around through cyberspace, TV and the movies is not based on science. There is even a fake NASA news release out there."

The agency's webpage assures people that, contrary to myth, a rogue planet called Niburu, supposedly discovered by the Sumerians, is not on a collison course with Earth. Nor is there a Planet X hurtling towards us.

There is no risk of a massive solar flare set to destroy the planet in 2012 and monitoring systems do not predict any meteorite impact in that year.

In addition, there are no planetary alignments in the next few decades and even if there were, they would have negligible effect, says the agency.

You can see the NASA webpage here. A video clip from scientist David Morrison is included below.

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