If you haven’t heard about the supposed prediction by the ancient Maya that the world will end on December 21st, 2012, then you probably don’t make it on the internet that often. But for those counting the days until the upcoming apocalypse, the US government has made an official statement on the USA.gov blog informing its citizens that Armageddon is not, in fact, nigh.

The belief that the world will end this month has its origins in the expiration of the Mayan calendar. While the exact reason why the calendar will end on December 21st is unknown, many began to speculate that it was due to a prophecy regarding time itself ending following a cataclysmic event on that date.

As for the cause of the destruction of the planet, many have speculated that a disaster caused by an astronomical event would be the culprit, such as solar flares, asteroid impacts, or even the collision of earth and another “rogue” planet, often called Nibiru from a term used in ancient Babylonian astronomy.

“False rumors about the end of the world in 2012 have been commonplace on the Internet for some time,” states the blog post, titled Scary Rumors about the World Ending in 2012 Are Just Rumors. “Many of these rumors involve the Mayan calendar ending in 2012 (it won’t), a comet causing catastrophic effects (definitely not), a hidden planet sneaking up and colliding with us (no and no), and many others. The world will not end on December 21, 2012, or any day in 2012.”

According to the blog post, this official reassurance in regards to the continued existence of the human race is meant to quell fears of the particularly anxious, particularly young children, who have reportedly sent in thousands of letters to NASA over recent months about the possibility of a world-ending scenario.

“At least a once a week I get a message from a young person ― as young as 11 ― who says they are ill and/or contemplating suicide because of the coming doomsday,” said NASA’s David Morrison, who responds to public astronomy and astrobiology questions.

Earlier this year, Morrison took time out to debunk a few 2012 apocalypse theories, particularly the claims regarding the Nibiru planetary collision, by posting a video on YouTube explaining the science behind these theories.