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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.

Planet recycling[edit]

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. Now, David Meade is recycling Sitchin's "apocalypse" with a prediction that Planet X/Nibiru will collide with Earth In October 2017[2][3], later moved by some to September 23 mixing it with a rare conjunction between the Sun, the Moon, and several planets and the interpretationWikipedia's W.svg of a passage of the Book of Revelation[4].

Problems with the idea[edit]

See also Brown dwarf

Nope, NOT Nibiru.

A planet is a big thing that can be seen from very far away, even if its albedoWikipedia's W.svg was very low[5] and even if it was pitch black since everything that is not at absolute zero emits some sort of radiation (in other words, pretty much everything) it would already have been detected on all-sky infrared surveys -not to mention that gravitational effects, especially of big, Neptune-sized or larger bodies would be quite visible, or that proof of rogue planets roaming across the Solar System would have been detected on the orbital parameters of Solar System bodies, as their gravity would have affected the orbits of the latter[6].

Sure, someone may say that NASA or whatever are hiding the results of said surveys. While it's true that they're not made immediately available to the public, so scientists in charge of those studies can analyze the results and be the first ones to report what may have been found there, they're released sooner or later on astronomical databases that anyone can access as SIMBAD. Not to mention the whole lot of amateur astronomers that explore the sky looking for asteroids, (super)novae, comets etc., often equipped with gear professionals would envy, and who being scattered all over the world are far away from NASA's evil clutches especially on this world with Internet and instant communications. Even if it came at a highly inclined angle respect to the eclipticWikipedia's W.svg, where nobody expect those things to be, it would be caught sooner or later[7].

A planet cannot be seen from just a small location of Earth (say, the South Pole), as even polar constellations can be seen from large areas of the planet (a Flat Earth would be another thing). Plus, the "it's coming from the opposite side of the Sun" excuse, while it can work for small Solar System objects as nearby asteroids it cannot work for large bodies coming from very far away as said planet, as if one applies the Kepler's lawsWikipedia's W.svg using Nibiru's given orbital period (3,600 years) finds that it would move so slowly that the part of the sky opposite to the Sun would be visible first just after dawn and later all the night, even if it was very close to us (no, a geocentric model does not work here too)[8], unless it was a body that did not obey the laws of physics.

Remember also that Earth is a very small target compared to the immensity of the Solar System. While a rogue body could mess up its orbit (something very bad for our health) if it came close enough, the possibilities of it colliding with our planet are very small.

Nibiru's orbit has a very big issue: namely that an orbit so eccentric is unstable due to gravitational perturbations of the four giant planets of the Solar System, and within a few million years it would have either been expelled of the Solar System or would have crashed into either any other planet or into the very Sun, and was it a brown dwarf instead, it would have left a huge mess behind[7].

Some claimed "images" of Nibiru are actually pictures of distant bodies (lots of light-years away) as CW Leonis or V838 MonocerotisWikipedia's W.svg' outburst, which should give a hint about the knowledge of astronomy of the claimants and/or their honesty. Same for those who claim to have photographed or recorded it in video very close to the Sun, but that the only thing they caught was lens flare[9].

Oh, and the less is said of to use what looks like a highly symbolic report of a very bad trip and/or Anti-Roman propaganda disguised that way written 2,000 years ago as source for claims the better.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Sitchin published his ideas before the "demotion" of Pluto.
  2. Will the mysterious shadow planet Nibiru obliterate Earth in October? No. by Ben Guarino (January 5 at 5:25 AM) Washington Post.
  3. Planet X — The 2017 Arrival by David Meade (2016) Ebookit.com. ISBN 1456626922.
  4. Epic Fail three times (scroll down to 2017)[citation NOT needed]
  5. A black hole may be almost invisible, but it's gravitational effects on other Solar System bodies would be quite visible
  6. Limits on the closest encounter with any other star since the formation of our solar system. Neptune's orbit has an eccentricity so low that it's almost a circle and it as well as the ones of the outer planets is very little inclined respect to the plane of the Solar System, putting limits to the visits of rogue planets wandering across the Solar System, not to mention stars
  7. 7.0 7.1 Debunked: Nibiru will hit Earth on [Insert Date here]
  8. Nibiru, Kepler, and some basics on orbits. Not to mention the existence of telescopes as SOHOWikipedia's W.svg, that can see what's almost just behind the Sun
  9. YouTube is awash with videos of that kind