Calls to NASA have been skyrocketing by people fearful that the world is going to end on Friday.
The Los Angeles Times reports the space agency has received about three times the usual number of calls and emails per week with questions from people. An agency spokesman said most of those are to talk about the purported end of the world on Dec. 21, a belief set about by the Mayan calendar.
Why NASA? The questions mostly involve whether a rogue planet or asteroid will crash into the Earth or if the Sun is going to explode.
NASA has also posted a video called “Why the World Didn’t End Yesterday.” The video implies that it’s supposed to be released Dec. 22, but NASA decided to send it out a few days early to make its point that we’ll still be here this weekend.
"The whole thing was a misconception from the very beginning," said Dr. John Carlson, director of the Center for Archaeoastronomy. "The Maya calendar did not end on Dec. 21, 2012, and there were no Maya prophecies foretelling the end of the world on that date."
NASA also released this video FAQ, going through all the theories about how the world could end, and why they are wrong.