Description: Viral message
Circulating since: July 2012
Status: False (see details below)
Text example #1:
As posted on Facebook, Aug. 4, 2012:
NASA predicts total blackout on 23-25 Dec 2012 during alignment of Universe.
US scientists predict Universe change, total blackout of planet for 3 days from Dec 23 2012.
It is not the end of the world, it is an alignment of the Universe, where the Sun and the earth will align for the first time. The earth will shift from the current third dimension to zero dimension, then shift to the forth dimension. During this transition, the entire Universe will face a big change, and we will see a entire brand new world.
The 3 days blackout is predicted to happen on Dec 23, 24, 25....during this time, staying calm is most important, hug each other, pray pray pray, sleep for 3 nights...and those who survive will face a brand new world....for those not prepared, many will die because of fear. Be happy, enjoy every moment now. Don't worry, pray to God everyday. There is a lot of talk about what will happen in 2012, but many people don't believe it, and don't want to talk about it for fear of creating fear and panic.
We don't know what will happen, but it is worth listening to USA's NASA talk about preparation. Whether it's true or not, better be prepared. No panic, stay calm, just prays. Remember to smile more, love more and forgive more...every day. Better avoid traveling during December.
Text example #2:
As posted on Facebook, Sep. 14, 2012:
NASA America predicts total blackout on Earth from 22-25 Dec 2012 during alignment of Universe.
If possible, please avoid traveling during the third week of December 2012 as all modes of communication may fail.
US scientists predict total darkness on planet earth for 3 days from Dec 22 2012. It is NOT the end of the world, it is just an alignment of the Universe, where the Sun and the earth will align for the first time. All planets are expected to align in a straight line as a result of which there could be some natural calamities on Earth. The earth will shift from the current third dimension to zero dimension, then shift to the 4th dimension. During this transition, the entire Universe will face a big change, and we will see an entire brand new world. The 3 days blackout is predicted to happen on Dec 22, 23, 24, 2012.... So do good be good live for the present enjoy life.
Text example #3:
As posted on Facebook, Dec. 11, 2012:
On 21 December the Earth will enter a still ring called the Photonic belt at 1:00 AM. Colombian time. Where our planet will go off completely, and will last 3 days of darkness. NASA confirmed it December 5th 2012. It is said that when it is completely dark you will feel cold and there will be flashes of lights, "nothing is going to happen, is just an extraordinary phenomenon that happens every 11 million years." It is recommended to remain in your houses as power fails or electronic devices. 3 Days of darkness will pass. This is what the Mayan calendar was referring. A planetary alignment. NOT the end of the world. You have to be prepared!
Analysis: False. NASA has predicted no such thing. There will be no three-day blackout in December 2012. Indeed, the phrases used above "total blackout of planet," "alignment of the universe," "shift from the current third dimension to zero dimension," etc. are not only undefined, but meaningless. It's pseudo-scientific nonsense.
The "alignment" to which our unknown authors apparently refer is the passing of the sun, as seen from earth, across the approximate center of our galaxy on December 21, 2012 (the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere). This happens every year at about the same time and portends nothing in terms of earthly events, good or ill, given that the galactic center is some 28,000 light years (165,000 trillion miles) away. It's a cosmic non-event.
It so happens there's a super-massive black hole at the center of the galaxy, and black holes are mysterious and scary, as everyone knows, so purveyors of 2012 doomsday scenarios have used this as an excuse to spread fears that the aforementioned "alignment" will wreak havoc here on earth, somehow. But again, we're talking about a cosmic entity unimaginably far away from our planet and a galactic alignment that occurs every year like clockwork, and has throughout all human existence.
What's so special about 2012?
About the NASA video: Most versions of the text include a link to a two-and-a-half-minute YouTube video showing NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr. recommending to employees and contractors of the space agency that they develop family preparedness plans in case of unforeseen emergencies. It was recorded in June 2011. Its message is routine, generic, and has nothing to do with "dimensional shifts," "alignments of the universe," or a "total blackout of the planet." View the video in its original context here.
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Sources and further reading:
NASA - 2012: Shadow of the Dark Rift
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Last updated 12/11/12