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Massimo della Valle, the director of the astronomical observatory of... News PhotoAmateur,Astronomy,Destruction,Forecasting,Horizontal,Italy,Mayan,Meeting,Naples - Italy,Observatory,Science and Technology,SpeechPhotographer Collection: AFP 2012 AFPMassimo della Valle, the director of the astronomical observatory of Capodimonte delivers a speech on the end of the world during a meeting of the Naples amateur astronomy association 'Unione Astrofili Napoletani' to refute the theories of the Mayan 'prophecy' of the world's destruction, late on December 20, 2012 in Naples. The December 21 mystery stems from a carved stone found in Tortuguero, a Mayan site in Mexico. AFP PHOTO / CARLO HERMANN (Photo credit should read CARLO HERMANN,CARLO HERMANN/AFP/Getty Images)