Astronomer dismisses December 21 doomsday prophesy

At the end of the 13 Bakhtuns, the Mayans believed, there would be the beginning of a new era, he pointed out.

"So, the above declaration by some people of 21st December being the last day of earth is not supported by even the Mayans," he explained.

The solar system had been extensively and exhaustively surveyed by astronomers using telescopes and space-borne detectors. Never was any object discovered in our solar system which could be called the hypothetical planet X or Niburu, Duari said.

Quoting astronomers, the NASA educator said, the solar maxima this time would not be of any considerable strength. So no disturbance of the geomagnetic field is expected at around these times.

"It is to be noted that a violent solar storm cannot cause magnetic polarity reversal of the earth," Duari said.

Once in a year the earth, sun and the galactic centre are aligned roughly in a straight line but that does not cause any change in the pattern of movements of either the earth around the sun or the sun around the galaxy.

"To be precise, it was in 1998 when such an exact alignment had taken place. Moreover, no such planetary alignment is happening at present. So, even the erroneous belief of earth getting destroyed by such an event is impossible," he said.

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