NASA are so confident that the predicted Mayan apocalypse won’t happen that they have released a video titled ‘Why the world didn’t end yesterday’ - ten days early.
The video begins: “If you are watching this video it means the world didn’t end yesterday” – although no one will be around to prove them wrong.
The four minute long video debunks all the myths as to how the Earth could meet its end – from a rogue planet crashing into ours, to the sun burning up our atmosphere.
The Mayan calendar predicts that the world will end on December 21st, 2012.
Dr. John Carlson, the Director of the Center for archeo-astronomy, explains that the Mayan calendar system is one of the most complicated and detailed ever invented, which leads to many misinterpreting it.
He explained that none of any the many Mayan ruins or tablets examined foretell the end of the world.
NASA’s Dr. Don Yeomans, who is head of NASA's Near-Earth Object Program, stated that no known asteroids or comets were on an imminent collision course with Earth.
He added that anything which could strike the Earth by December 21st would now be a clearly visible dot in the sky.
The video will do nothing to calm those who believe the doomsday prophecy – travellers are already gathering at mountains in France, Serbia and Turkey – all of which have been identified as safe havens from the impending apocalypse.