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Question: Was told by a friend that a ‘Buddhist teacher’ mentioned that 21 Dec 2012 is doomsday. Now, her family members, including children, are all in a panic, at a dilemma about whether to go to school and work or not. How should I advise her?

Answer: The short answer is, scientifically, nothing particularly terrible is predicted to happen that day, while karmically, in an unpredictable way due to our lack of wisdom, something terrible might equally happen at any moment. Here are some direct and more analytical answers to share on the 2012 doomsday issue. Please read the information mindfully and fully to share the essence with her.

NASA’s Official Website’s Statements:

Question: Are there any threats to the Earth in 2012? Many Internet websites say the world will end in December 2012.

Answer: Nothing bad will happen to the Earth in 2012. Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012′

(All other claims riding on NASA’s name are NOT from NASA)
– http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/2012.html

The amount of misinformation and fear about solar activity is shocking. It is getting to be as bad as the 2012 doomsday hoax. The truth is that the Sun goes through an 11-year activity cycle. For several years around the peak of this cycle there are solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs) that can cause some damage to space satellites, although engineers have learned to design their electronics to withstand such events. There is no danger to humans. The next solar maximum is predicted for 2013, and it is expected to be unusually weak… Recently NASA solar physicist Jeffrey Newmark told a reporter that solar flares are indeed expected to intensify over the next few years — but they should be ‘business as usual.’… To the second question, the use of such terms as “solar tsunami” or “solar storm” to describe solar activity is unfortunate. It makes people think of destructive tidal waves or storms on earth — but the Sun is 150 million km away! There is an especially confusing Fox News interview with cosmologist Michio Kaku that is popular on YouTube. Kaku states that at solar maximum the Sun’s magnetic field suddenly flips and a giant shock wave of radiation heads for Earth, where he warns this could disable our civilization. This is not the way the solar cycle works, and it raises greatly exaggerated fears. The are also some people who apparently believed the plot line in the movie “2012” where some unspecified solar activity destabilized the crust of the Earth. That is pure Hollywood nonsense. Remember, if you (and our civilization) survived previous solar maxima in 1990 and 2001, we will also survive the next one in 2013. – David Morrison, Astrobiology Senior Scientist (NASA)

(All other claims riding on NASA’s name are NOT from NASA)
– http://astrobiology.nasa.gov/ask-an-astrobiologist/question/?id=12703

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