A 'Blue Marble' image of the Earth taken from the Visible/Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard NASA's Suomi NPP satellite. This composite image uses a number of swaths of the Earth's surface taken on January 4, 2012.
Credit: NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring
If you are concerned about the end of the world, please don't worry. There is absolutely no scientific evidence of Doomsday 2012, or the end of the world at any time. The Maya and their calendar did not predict the end of the world. Here's a good selection of resources that shed light on the notion of Doomsday.
Google+ Hangout, Why the World Will Still Be Here After December 21st. Archived Google+ Hangout held at the SETI Institute. Speakers: David Morrison, NASA Ames Research Center. Ed Krupp, Griffith Observatory, Southern California. Andrew Fraknoi, Foothill College.
Doomsday 2012, the Planet Nibiru and Cosmophobia - an article from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific's (ASP) Astronomy Beat, by David Morrison, NASA Astrobiology Institute Senior Scientist.
Doomsday 2012 & Cosmophobia - a video from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific "Communicating Science" conference. Thanks to the NASA Lunar Science Institute for recording and hosting the videos on their website.
How to Sanely Discuss Doomsday 2012 with Dr. Anthony Aveni, a NASA Night Sky Network Telecon (podcast) and slides.
Beyond 2012: Why the World Won't End - NASA scientists answer questions (article).
David Stuart on the Mayan calendar and 2012 doomsday predictions - an article via EarthSky.
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