Resources for Understanding and Debunking the 2012 Apocalypse Hoax



The following websites contain valuable information about the 2012 apocalypse hoax. If you have specific questions, read our 2012 FAQ.

1) The Science and Nonsense of 2012: This PowerPoint presentation was created by Mark A. Wilson of the Department of Geology, The College of Wooster. It is an excellent summary of the issue for geoscientists. []

2) 2012 Hoax: The grand-daddy of 2012 debunking sites, this wiki was developed and maintained by amateur and professional astronomers and other concerned citizens. It features articles of varying length and detail about the facts, the fictions, and the personalities involved in the 2012 phenomenon. This is clearly the most comprehensive and frequently updated of all the 2012 debunking sites. []

3) Starry Night Looks at Doomsday: Geoff Gaherty, moderator of Yahoo's “Talking Telescope” group, has put together an easy-to-understand debunking of the so-called “2012 galactic alignment” using the desk-top planetarium program Starry Night. He explains step-by-step how to do the demonstration. For those without the program, the visuals on the site provide clear evidence that there will be no galactic alignment in 2012. []

4) The Truth About 2012: E.C. Krupp, noted expert in archaeoastronomy and Director of Los Angeles's Griffith Observatory, has gathered together a number of resources including a video of a public talk he gave on the topic. []

5) Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies (FAMSI)- It's Not the End of the World:
What the Ancient Maya Tell Us About 2012
: Professional art historian and Maya expert Mark Van Stone has crafted an exhaustive source of information on the Mayan calendar and how it has been misused by the 2012 community. Resources range from a detailed FAQ page to graphics-heavy PowerPoint presentations about the specifics of Mayan time-keeping and astronomy. []

6) The Planet X Saga: Phil Plait, noted debunker of astronomical pseudosciences and misconceptions, invested serious effort in collecting information about the pseudoscientific claim that a mysterious object called Planet X (or Nibiru) is on a collision course with Earth. He then soundly and masterfully debunks said claim. Although this is not specifically a 2012 site, Planet X/Niburu is at the heart of many 2012 catastrophe scenarios. []

7) Nibiru and Doomsday 2012: Questions and Answers: In response to a deluge of questions from the general public concerning 2012 in general and Planet X/Nibiru in particular, David Morrison, Senior Scientist of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, wrote this collection of twenty answers to commonly asked questions. The site also includes valuable links to other resources. An abbreviated version was published by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific as issue 32 of its members-only newsletter Astronomy Beat, available to the public at This version of Morrison's article may be more valuable for educators looking for a concise hand-out for classes. In addition, this version of the article includes Morrison's views on what may be the ultimate outcome of the 2012 hysteria – a widespread fear of the universe which he terms “cosmophobia.” []