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ASP Declares 12/12/12 Anti-Doomsday Day!

While many pundits and prognosticators lament the supposed end of the world on December 21, 2012 (thanks to misinterpreting Mayan predictions), here at the ASP we encourage everyone to go in the opposite – and accurate – direction. Thus, we are declaring December 12, 2012 as Anti-Doomsday Day in celebration of rational thinking and reasoned discourse.

We also feel that, in many respects, the number 12 is most auspicious: contemporary calendars (12 months in the year), chronology (12 hours of day and night), 12 signs of the zodiac*, Greek mythology (12 Olympic gods and goddesses), holiday folklore (12 days of Christmas), Shakespeare (Twelfth Night), and of course in our culinary world (dozen eggs, case of wine)!

More importantly, in astronomy Mars is 12 light minutes from the Sun, the average temperature of the Earth is 12 degrees Celsius, and Jupiter takes 12 years to orbit the Sun.

So, at 12 noon on 12/12/12, please take a moment to thank all who keep us on the path of science literacy. Please also feel free to show your support by donating $12, $24 or $36 dollars to the ASP!

Media queries: please contact Kathryn Harper at (415) 623-9558 or

NASA – Beyond 2012: Why the World Won’t End

Doomsday 2012, the Planet Nibiru, and Cosmophobia

Resources for Addressing Fears About Astronomical Causes for the End of the World in 2012 (pdf)

Doomsday 2012 Fact Sheet (pdf)

Anti-Doomsday Day media coverage:
Yahoo News
Himalayan Times
Radio New Zealand
Oakland Tribune


* Read more about Ophiuchus