Nibiru? New Evidence for an Unseen Planet at Solar System’s Edge. What is Nibiru?

Nibiru - The ancient cuneiform texts — some of the earliest known writing, dating back some 6,000 years — told the story of a race of beings called the Anunnaki. The Anunnaki came to Earth from a planet in our solar system called Nibiru, according to the Sumerians via Zecharia Sitchin. If you’ve never heard of it, that’s because mainstream science does not recognize Nibiru as one of the planets that revolves around our Sun. Nibiru’s orbit around the Sun is highly elliptical, according to Sitchin’s books, taking it out beyond the orbit of Pluto at its farthest point and bringing it as close to the Sun as the far side of the asteroid belt (a ring of asteroids that is known to occupy a band of space between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter). It takes Nibiru 3,600 years to complete one orbital journey, and it was last in this vicinity around 160 B.C.E. As you can imagine, the gravitational effects of a sizable planet moving close to the inner solar system, as it is claimed for Nibiru, could wreak havoc on the orbits of other planets, disrupt the asteroid belt and spell big trouble for planet Earth.

New Evidence for unseen planet:

A planet four times the size of Earth may be skirting the edges of the solar system beyond Pluto, according to new research. Too distant to be easily spotted by Earth-based telescopes, the unseen planet could be gravitationally tugging on small icy objects past Neptune, helping explain the mystery of those objects’ peculiar orbits.

The claim comes from Rodney Gomes, a noted astronomer at the National Observatory of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. Gomes presented his recently completed computer models suggesting the existence of the distant planet at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Timberline Lodge, Ore., earlier this month.

Astronomers who attended the talk find Gomes’ arguments compelling, but they say much more evidence is needed before the hypothetical planet can be crowned as real.

For several years, astronomers have observed that a handful of the small icy bodies that lie in the so-called “scattered disc” beyond the orbit of the planet Neptune, including the dwarf planet Sedna, deviate from the paths around the sun that would be expected based on the gravitational pulls of all the known objects in the solar system.

Sedna, for example, swings around the sun in an extremely elongated orbit — tracing out a very long oval. “Sedna’s orbit is truly peculiar,” said Mike Brown, an astronomer at Caltech who led the team that discovered Sedna in 2003.

However, when Gomes ran the same calculations with the addition of the gravitational pull of a massive planet at the outskirts of the solar system, Sedna and the other anomalous objects’ expected orbits fell in line with observations. The unseen planet would be too far away to perceptibly perturb the motions of Earth and the other inner planets, but close enough to the scattered disc objects to sway them. [The True Stories of 5 Mystery Planets]

Unknown entity

Several planet types could fit the disturbances seen in Gomes’ calculations. For example, a Neptune-size planet, about four times bigger than Earth, orbiting 140 billion miles (225 billion kilometers) away from the sun would influence the anomalous objects in the observed manner. Or, a Mars-size planet with a highly elongated orbit — but one that always kept it well beyond the orbit of Pluto — could yield similar results. As for how it got there, the planet could have been born in and expelled from a distant star system and later captured by our sun’s gravity, Gomes said, or it could have formed near our sun and gradually been thrust outward through gravitational interactions with the other planets.

Though Gomes’ work has not yet been peer-reviewed, his colleagues are confident he got the math right. “[Gomes] is very good. It’s hard to imagine he made a mistake in his calculations,” said Hal Levison, a planetary scientist at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colo.

“Rodney Gomes is actively seeking further evidence and I await his findings with interest!” Douglas Hamilton, an astronomer at the University of Maryland, told Life’s Little Mysteries. “He has taken on a difficult task, but is taking the right approach. It is definitely a high risk, high reward, situation — a discovery of a new planet would be spectacular!”

New planet or old star?

This would not be the first time a planet was revealed by way of its gravitational effects on other celestial bodies. The existence of Neptune was hypothesized at the turn of the 19th century — long before the gas giant was actually seen through a telescope in 1846 — because of the way it was perturbing the orbit of Uranus.

On the other hand, many astronomers spent much of the 1900s searching for an extra planet, dubbed Planet X, beyond the orbit of Neptune, because they believed there were anomalies in the orbits of Neptune and the other gas giants. “But it turned out that anomaly in Neptune’s orbit was the result of bad observation,” Levison said. The search for Planet X was called off (though some conspiracy theorists believe this was a cover up of the planet Nibiru, which they say is on a collision course for Earth.)

“You can go back 100 years to claims of planets in the outer solar system and they’ve all eventually gone away,” he continued. “That should give you pause for thought. Just because there’s not a good explanation for [the orbits of the scattered disc objects] besides another planet, doesn’t mean there won’t be a good explanation in future.”

Brown, who discovered Sedna, said another plausible explanation for that dwarf planet’s strange behavior could be that a star swung near it early in the history of our solar system, throwing it for a loop. “Back at the time of the birth of the sun, the sun probably formed in a cluster of other stars. If true, they would have been close enough together to influence each other’s outer planet systems, like where Sedna is,” he said.

More work is needed to determine whether Sedna and the other scattered disc objects were sent on their circuitous trips round the sun by a star that passed by long ago, or by an unseen planet that exists in the solar system right now. Finding and observing the orbits of other distant objects similar to Sedna will add more data points to astronomers’ computer models. “We, and a couple of other groups of astronomers, are working hard to see if we can track some down and figure out this mystery,” Brown said. As for the putative planet itself, Levison said, “The strength of the idea that there is a planet out there will be the inability to find another explanation for these objects. But seeing it is the only way to prove it.”

The waxing obsession with Nibiru, which conspiracy theorists say is a planet swinging in from the outskirts of our solar system that is going to crash into Earth and wipe out humanity in 2012 – shows that an astonishing number of people “are watching YouTube videos and visiting slick websites with nothing in their skeptical toolkit,” in the words of David Morrison, a planetary astronomer at NASA Ames Research Center and senior scientist at the NASA Astrobiology Institute.

Morrison estimates that there are 2 million websites discussing the impending Nibiru-Earth collision.  He receives, on average, five email inquiries about Nibiru every day.

Distinguishing truth from lies

Morrison offered some advice to those who are interested in astronomy or are worried about impending collisions. “If it [a story] is real, it is likely to be in regular news media, not just posted on some website,” he told us. Furthermore, “not everyone who claims on YouTube to be a scientist or an employee of NASA is. But there is no simple way to distinguish truth from lies.”

Missing planet

The biggest missing link in the doomsday prophecy is Nibiru itself. Because no giant, rogue planet has been found in the outer solar system to play the role of Nibiru.

The gravitational tug from this alleged bigger-than-Jupiter monster will wreak havoc, according to numerous space soothsayers. Nibiru’s close encounter with Earth will cause mass devastation, tsunamis, hurricanes and temperature extremes that will kill off most humans. Oh yes, and Earth will stop spinning and tip upside down.

This notion of bumper-car planet catastrophes is nothing new. In the mid-1900s psychiatrist Immanuel Velikovsky wrote a series of books that claimed that Earth had once been a satellite of a “proto-Saturn;” that Noah’s Flood was caused by a proto-Saturn exploding as a nova; that Jupiter was responsible the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah; that Venus’ ejection from Jupiter had caused the “sun to stand still” in Exodus.

The crumb trail of the Nibiru doomsday fantasy snakes all over the place. Some of the ideas were no doubt inspired by Velikovsky’s writings. Suffice to say the fractured tale is intertwined with interpretations of ancient Babylonian and Sumerian mythology that invoke extraterrestrials, and the predictions of an individual who claims to be in telepathic communication with space aliens.

Ridicule might delay truth but it can’t replace it. In recent weeks astonishing rumors have been spreading fast in science circles, and soon the wider public will be in the know. According to these rumors, despite all the denial and ridicule, planet Nibiru is real. Yes, you read that correctly. Nibiru is a fact. Science leaders are ready to admit the observation of Nibiru.

This rogue object was there all the time. Right under our eyes. Since the days of Galileo we are aware of its existence. Initially it was mistaken for a star, and later for a solar system planet. It’s neither.

Nibiru Cataclysm

The breaking news is that our solar WIMP, aka Nibiru, aka Planet-X, aka Neptune, is behaving according to the Mayan and Nostradamian prophecies. It is leaving its unstable orbit and will soon be on its way to Earth. Large-scale computations by a NASA team headed by Dr. Nancy Lieder have revealed that this WIMP weighing in at 17 times Earth, will approach our planet at the end-date of the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, December this year. Marshall Masters, a former CNN science reporter, also believes Planet X will return in 2012. In his documentary Surviving 2012 & Planet X,he points to a number of scientific reports that he claims have been later suppressed or covered up because they indicate the government knows about the existence of a rogue planet that is on a collision course with the inner solar system due in 2012.

Masters claims that low-level seismic activity and planetary changes on Earth are being created by the influence of Planet X. Most of Masters’s historical support for the impending return of the destroyer comes from a book called the Kolbrin Bible, which claims to be based on earlier ancient Egyptian records called The Great Book. These supposedly contain accounts of previous visits of the destroyer that resulted in world cataclysms.

Although both Masters’s and Sitchin’s versions of Planet X are based on questionable sources and interpretations, they have some similarities to a much more scientific theory that supports the idea that cataclysms on Earth, including periodic mass extinction events, may be triggered by the gravitational influence of an unseen body on the edge of our solar system. This theory, however, doesn’t require a planet or brown dwarf to come charging into the orbits of the inner planets. The secret of how this might happen may be found in a far distant region of our solar system called the Oort cloud.

One theory is that on December 21st, at the point of closest approach, Nibiru’s gravitational forces will cause unparalleled tidal effects on Earth’s oceans, and large-scale global tsunamis will result.

Sources: yahoonews, lifeslittlemysteries, netplaces.

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