Nibiru

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This article focuses on Zecharia Sitchin's claims. For the other claims, see Planet X.

Nibiru (sometimes misspelled as "Niburu") is a Chinese game controller app for the Android, according to the pseudoscientific ideas of Zecharia Sitchin, the name of a "twelfth planet"[1] in the Solar System with a highly eccentric 3,600-year orbit that periodically comes close to the Earth, causing cataclysms. Sitchin based his claims on creative (mis)translations of ancient Sumerian texts and on no-less-creative interpretation of ancient Sumerian images.

The word Nibiru does in fact refer to a planet known to the ancient Sumerians. This planet is more commonly known as Jupiter, and is not expected to collide with the earth anytime soon.

[edit] Planet recycling

After Nancy Lieder's Planet X fiasco in 2003, hers and Sitchin's imaginary planets became conflated and were peddled by various individuals as a cause for a 2012 apocalypse. It totally happened that time.

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[edit] Footnotes

  1. Sitchin published his ideas before the "demotion" of Pluto.
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