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London, England (CNN) - 2012, the latest offering from film director and master of disaster Roland Emmerich, opens in theaters this weekend.
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The film foretells the end of the world which according to the Maya calendar – used by the ancient Mesoamerican civilization – is going to happen on December 21, 2012.
The release of 2012 is fuelling fresh doomsday debate on the Internet. The Web site YouTube is hosting many “the end is nigh” videos from doom-mongers. Meanwhile, NASA has sought to calm those of a nervous disposition by posting a video on its Web site assuring them that they will live to see December 22, 2012.
Tonight on Connect the World we'll look at some of the disasters our planet has survived in the past - from the event which wiped out the dinosaurs, to the asteroid that exploded above Tunguska River valley Siberia in 1908. And we'll address the question: Is the Apocalypse coming in 2012?
We want to know what you think. Will 2012 be the end of the world as we know it?