(ABC News) -- It's pretty clear that the world will not end on December 21, 2012. At least not based on so-called Mayan prophecies.
A thousand years ago, the ancient Mayans predicted that on this date, the sun, the earth, and the center of the Milky Way will be perfectly aligned for the first time in 26,000 years, ending the "fifth era of the sun."
Their prediction about the sun´s position was right, according to modern scientists. Although some have also suggested that this "galactic alignment could lead to shifts in the world's magnetic poles" and generate solar storms that would cause all sorts of disasters on earth.
That is certainly not what the Mayans had in mind. In fact, anthropologist Carlos Payan argues that there are no clear indications that this civilization saw the end of the fifth solar cycle in 2012 as the end of the world. Not to mention, there are several other catastrophic possibilities with more potential to end the world than a supposed Mayan prediction.
Click here to view the five that would surprise even that ancient group.