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Experts say don't worry about the world ending on December 22nd


COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - The world will still be spinning on December 22nd. That's according to a panel of astronomy experts who met at the SETI Institute in Mountain View last night to address peoples' doomsday fears.

Some versions of the Mayan calendar suggest the world will come to an end on the winter solstice this year. There's rumors that the Earth's poles will shift or that a loose planet called Nibiru will crash into us.

Foothill College astronomy professor Andrew Fraknoi, who was on the panel, says if there was a wayward planet headed for Earth, we'd be able to see it by now.

Other panelists included SETI Institute and NASA Ames Research Center scientist Dr. David Morrison and Ed Krupp of the Griffith Observatory in Southern California.

And today is the last date in this century with the same number for the month, day and year. Thousands of couples are planning to get married on 12/12/12. A resort in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, is hosting what is being dubbed "The World Wedding Event" on the special date.

For 500 dollars, a couple gets an individualized ceremony on the beach and a day of festivities. Meantime, people are being encouraged to take part in a 12-minute worldwide meditation for peace today starting at noon in their local time zone.

Nearly two-billion people around the world will have the chance to see the 12-12-12 benefit concert from New York's Madison Square Garden. It will be the most widely distributed live music event in history and will be available on TV, radio and the Internet starting at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time tonight.

The lineup includes the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney and The Who. Proceeds from the concert will benefit all those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.