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Ways the world could end: NASA edition

By: Katherine Butler on Feb. 16, 2012, 5:56 p.m.
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Cosmic alignment: Shadow of a dark rift

NASA calls the cosmic alignment theory of 2012 one of the most “bizarre” doomsday scenarios out there. The idea is that on the winter solstice of this year, the sun, Earth and the center of our Milky Way galaxy will align and somehow destroy us all. NASA’s response to this theory borders on incredulity. In fact, such an alignment happens quite often, but it will not occur during the 2012 winter solstice. And while there is a black hole at the center of our galaxy, it is too far away to influence the Earth in any way.