After my popular article 2012 Explained – Why it shouldn’t be feared, I thought I would talk about a related issue. I also received a lot of requests by emails to talk about Planet X, so here it is: Planet X Explained – Why it doesn’t matter that much.
What is Planet X?
First of all, Planet X or Nibiru as some like to call it is a large hypothetical planet beyond Neptune. Why hypothetical? Because no one ever saw or proved the existence of Planet X. That’s also where the name X comes from; to represent the unknown. A lot of attempts were made to prove the existence of the planet, even by the NASA, but without success. Here’s the origin of the search for Planet X from Wikipedia:
At the beginning of the 20th century, many astronomers speculated about the existence of a planet beyond Neptune. The discovery of Neptune resulted from calculations of the mathematicians John Couch Adams and Urbain Le Verrier to explain discrepancies between the calculated and observed orbits of Uranus, Saturn, and Jupiter.
After the discovery of Neptune, however there still were some slight discrepancies in those orbits, and also in the orbit of Neptune itself. These were taken to indicate the existence of yet another planet orbiting beyond Neptune.
Since then, there’s been a lot of research done on the discrepancies in those orbits and many astronomers consider Lowell’s Planet X hypothesis to be over. This is mostly because there’s no discrepancies in the space probes (Pioneer 10, Pioneer 11, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2) trajectories that could be attributed to the gravitational pull of a large unknown object (Planet X). Which, in short, means there’s not much chance for a Planet X to exist.
Apparently, from popular beliefs, Planet X is on a 3,600 years orbit around the sun and is due for a passage really soon near Earth.
What about Planet X/Nibiru and the “end of the world” in 2012?
One more prophecy is adding up to the already overloaded stack of prophecies for 2012. It is going to be a really bad year if we believe in all that nonsense. It’s not really clear what role Planet X is going to play in 2012. Some say it’s due for a passage in 2012 and its passage would be devastating for earth because its magnetic force would stop the Earth rotating for several days. That would eventually cause earthquakes, volcanoes, Tsunamis and hurricanes. That would also cause the Earth’s magnetic poles to shift. You all understand that would eliminate almost every sort of life on this planet. Scary? Well not really because it’s not the first time Planet X is associated with some sort of prophecy. The last one was in 2003. Nibiru was supposed to pass near earth sometime in June 2003 causing the same catastrophes. As you all imagine it never happened because we’re still there and the north is still pointing north. The other reason why it’s not scary is because there’s no evidence for planet X to exist.
So you say it doesn’t exist right?
I hate saying yes or no. Here’s what I think about it:
Dr. John Murray of the UK’s Open University says he might have found what could be Planet X. The size of the planet would be between 1 and 10 times the size of Jupiter and it could possibly be a Brown Dwarf. This is also the conclusion of most of the Planet X theorists. The only problem is that Dr. John Murray give it an orbit of 6 million years. It’s quite far from the 3600 years Planet X theorists predict.There’s also something about the IRAS (Infrared Astronomical Satellite) that surveyed the sky in 1982. Gerry Neugebauer, chief IRAS scientist, said:
“A heavenly body possibly as large as the giant planet Jupiter and possibly so close to Earth that it would be part of this solar system has been found in the direction of the constellation Orion by an orbiting telescope. All I can tell you is that we don’t know what it is”.
What to believe? NASA says they haven’t any proof of it, but says it’s possible. That let me believe that there’s a possibility for another planet in our solar system. I just don’t buy the end of the world prophecy related to Planet X. I’m going with that conclusion: Nibiru might exist but we don’t have much proof of it. I say we have to stay receptive to the signs of another planet in our solar system but there’s no way Planet X will change our world in 2012. Being on such a big orbit, if it’s due to pass near earth in 2012, I’m pretty sure we would be able to spot it because we’re only 4 years away. Also, it didn’t pass in 2003 as predicted.
I made this article kind of short even if there’s ton of information about Planet X because it all come to the same thing: NASA vs. Average Joe and it might exist but no one’s sure.
So don’t worry too much about Planet X: It might exist but it doesn’t matter that much for you and me.