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Observatory opens for ‘end of the world’ non-event

Posted: December 16, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 16, 2012 2:00 a.m.

As the clock ticks down to Dec. 21, the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles plans to remain open 121 minutes longer than usual to prove “It’s not the end of the world.”

Scholars have rejected the idea that catastrophic events will occur on what is reportedly the end of the world, according to the Mayan calendar. But just to prove their point, the observatory is allowing people to witness the event — or non-event — first hand.

Predictions are of ominous planetary alignments, a rogue planet smashing into Earth, massive earthquakes striking and mammoth tidal waves washing over the coasts — all of which will destroy the planet, so the story goes.

The observatory, which normally closes at 10 p.m., will remain open Dec. 21, until 12:01 a.m. Saturday. Those who are too busy to personally observe the end of all things can log onto the Griffith Observatory’s live streaming beginning at 11 p.m. at



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