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'2012' movie is just fun 'science fiction,' says University of Minnesota astronomer

November 23, 2009

The opening of the new movie “2012” this Friday has renewed discussions of Mayan calendar predictions about the end of the world on Dec. 21, 2012. Scientists are simply amused by all the publicity. A University of Minnesota expert who can explain the doomsday hype is:

Lawerence Rudnick, professor of astronomy, University of Minnesota’s School of Physics and Astronomy
Scientists have found no evidence of any such impending apocalypse in 2012 or any other specific date. Planet alignment will not change the tides or create tsunamis. Some of the terminology used in the movie is real, though. There are meteors, sun flares and tsunamis. “But the talk surrounding the end of the world in 2012 is just fun science fiction,” Rudnick says. “They draw from events and terminology in real science to create a fantasy.”

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