The day is fast approaching, and everybody knows at least one person who is convinced that the 21st of December will be the ‘end’ of the world as we know it, or TEOTWAWKI. And while they stress and prep, most laugh at what they see as needless and costly spending. But is there any evidence to these theories and the 21st being our ‘last’ day?

One of the most popular of these theories is The Mayan Calendar. December 21st 2012 is the end date of a 5,125-year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long count calendar. Many New agers believe that 2012 marks the beginning of a positive physical or spiritual transformation, beginning a new era. More pessimistic theories suggest that  Earth will collide with Planet ‘x’, or “Nibiru”. Various Scholars have dismissed such theories. Professional Mayanist scholars state that no theories relating to cataclysmic events have been discovered in any of the classic Maya accounts. Yet other scholars claim that they discovered a period known as “The Great Cycle.” They claim  that it started on The 13th of august in 3114 BC and ends on the 21st. It was also stated that on the 21st, the Sun would be aligned with the Milky Way’s center. They also claimed that when this occurred, devastation would take place and the world would end. NASA assures us  that the Sun has aligned with the Center of our galaxy before and yet we are all here.

Another popular theory is the Nostradamus theory(s). Nostradamus was famous astronomer, philosopher, mathematician and prophet. Among his many famous prophecies was an apocalyptic prediction corresponding with other 2012 theories. He is believed by some to be credible due a number of prophecies discovered in 1982 which seemed accurate.
Here are some of his prophecies:

“From the enslaved people, songs, chants and demands,
the princes and lords are held captive and prisons:
In the future by such headless idiots
These will be taken as divine utterances.”

That one is believed to refer to the french revolution.

“From deepest parts of Western Europe
A young child will be born to poor people
Who will by his speech seduce a great multitude,
His reputation will increase in the kingdom of the East.”

This one is believed to refer to Adolf Hitler.

Nostradamus predicted that a lunar eclipse after 3 occurrences of a solar eclipse would mark the end of the world. This period happens to be 2012.

One of the more popular theories is Patrick Geryl’s theory. He believes that Earth will soon be subjected to staggering destruction. This will be caused by upheavals in the suns magnetic field will generate humongous solar flares that will reverse the polarity of the entire globe. The result of this is the reversal of our magnetic field and causing devastation for humanity.

NASA has posted answers to FAQ’s about this subject. They are of the stance assuring that the world will not end in 2012.

In conclusion, There are many different theories that foretell our impending doom. If you believe in any of them, start prepping! For those who see it as another instance of Y2K, sit back and enjoy the ride.