The 2012 doomsday phenomenon became a source of widespread popularity between the years of 2009 and 2012. There was intense speculation that cataclysmic events would come to pass at the close of the Mayan calendar on December 21st 2012. Fear and panic started to occur because the predictions leaned toward the fact that our world and all life within it would be completely transformed – in many negative ways. In this brief guide, you will be provided with information regarding the 2012 doomsday phenomenon such as how the predictions came to be, the role of Planet Nibiru, and some basic information regarding those that played a role in the development of these predictions.
The 2012 doomsday phenomenon consisted of various eschatological-based beliefs that events of a cataclysmic nature or a transformative nature would happen on or in close proximity to the date of December 21st in the year of 2012. The date was significant because it was the actual end date of the Mesoamerican-based Long Count Calendar that consisted of a total of 5,126 years. The 2012 doomsday prediction stemmed from an ancient Mayan prophecy.
According to the Director of the Center for Archaeoastronomy, Dr. John Carlson, the Mayan connection associated with 2012 was nothing more than a misconception. He has expounded on the fact that the calendar of the Mayans did not actually end on December 21st of 2012 and that none of the prophecies of the Mayan people foretold of the world coming to an end on that date.
According to NASA, the original story of the 2012 doomsday phenomenon started with a claim that an assumed planet that was discovered by the Sumerians called Nibiru was on a track towards Earth. The original collision was scheduled for May of 2003; however, nothing happened. Then, the date was moved to the Month of December in 2012. This date was found to be linked to the end of a cycle in an ancient-based calendar of the Mayans that occurred on the winter solstice of December 21st.
No, the Mayan calendar did not truly end in December 2012; rather, the long-count period ended. In January of 2013, another long-count period started. The Mayan calendar is much like the traditional calendars that we use today – ending at the end of a year and starting over the following year.
Unverified information shared on websites, blogs, forums, and other areas of the internet really started the widespread fear of the planet Nibiru and fueled the theories behind the 2012 doomsday phenomenon. It was said that this planet would collide with Earth. As a result, the human race would become extinct. Many resources claimed that the collision would result in the flipping of the magnetic poles. This would cause Earth to completely rotate and cause an extinction. Still, others claimed the collision would cause Earth to enter into a dark rift located within the Milky Way and that would cause humans to become extinct.
Rumors were widespread and resulting in fear. According to an astrobiologist at NASA, David Morrison, the planet Nibiru does not exist and it poses no danger to planet Earth. The facts are that the magnetic polarity of Earth does change every 400,000 years or so and it typically does not cause any problems. The dark rift is simply an area of dust clouds in space in the Milky Way. To date, astronomers have rejected the idea that Nibiru – often referred to as “Planet X” – is real and have made more than one attempt to inform the public that there is no planet set to collide with Earth or pose a threat to Earth.
Nancy Lieder is a woman from Wisconsin who has claimed that as a child she was contacted by the extraterrestrials that we now refer to as “Grays”. She stated that they are called “Zetans” and that this group implanted a communications-based device within her brain. She created the website ZetaTalk in the year of 1995. She claimed that the Hale-Bopp comet was not real and was intended to distract the public from the looming Planet X. She stated this planet would pass in close proximity to Earth and destroy all of civilization. Once it was proven that the Hale-Bopp comet was real, she removed the claim from her website, but it can still be discovered within the historical archives on Google. She plays an important role in the 2012 doomsday phenomenon.
Nancy Lieder stated that Planet X was up to four times the size of Earth. She provided a date of May 27th 2003 for when it would come in close proximity with Earth. She further elaborated with the following:
1. When the planet was near, the Earth would stop rotating for nearly 6 days.
2. A pole shift would then occur because of the magnetism between the core of our planet and the passing of Planet X.
3. A disruption would occur with the core that would cause an imminent displacement of our planet’s crust.
Once the date passed, she claimed it was a white lie in order to achieve success in fooling what she referred to as the “establishment”. She stated that she would not provide an official disclosure of the real date because she did not want those with power to engage in activities such as declaring martial law and trapping people within cities when it occurred because it would result in their deaths.
Zecharia Sitchin is a proponent for an ancient astronaut and is best known for his book, The 12th Planet. He composed this book after interpreting ancient religious-based texts of the Mesopotamians. His interpretations are controversial because they contradict those of scholars. He claims a giant planet by the name of Marduk or Nibiru goes pass our planet every 3,600 years so that the inhabitants of that mysterious planet are able to interact with humanity here on Earth.
In the year of 1996, Nancy Lieder claimed that her Planet X and his Nibiru are “…one and the same” on her website; however, Zecharia Sitchin denies connections between the work that he has done and the claims by Nancy Lieder. In response, he composed the book, The End of Days. This placed the Planet Nibiru passing by Earth again in the year of 2900; however, he did state that the inhabitants could return by spacecraft prior to this during the Age of Aquarius and the Age of Pisces, which could result the return being anywhere from 2090 and the year of 2370.
Yes, the pictures are real in the sense that they were taken and something does appear to be beside the sun; however, it is not the mysterious Planet Nibiru. Instead, it stems from lens flares. That which is beside the sun is a false image that has been created as a result of reflections within the lens. Pictures such as these were used prior to 2012 to increase fear about the 2012 doomsday phenomenon.
We are now well past the date of December 21st 2012. Nibiru has yet to be discovered and has yet to collide with our planet. Webpages and forums outlining the predictions for 2012 are either completely deleted or inactive. Humanity is still in existence and our planet is still in full rotation and full of life. Yes, we are seeing drastic changes in our weather patterns. Climate change is taking its toll. Pollution is at an all-time high. We are experiencing all of this and these situations are likely to continue affecting the planet and humanity; however, we still exist. Doomsday predictions will continue to abound. Remember, follow the science.