The hysteria surrounding 2012 has reached a peak in the recent years especially with the release of the Hollywood blockbuster in 2009. When people began researching this on the internet, another thing caught their fancy....The supposed arrival of a hypothetical rogue planet Nibiru.
For the rest of us like myself who devour conspiracy theories and read the works of Zechariah Sitchin and Erich Von Daniken, Nibiru has been an old acquaintance.
So what is Nibiru?
Nibiru is the name given to a planet which according to many people, is on a collision course with Earth. There are some who say it will pass by Earth but the resulting gravitational forces will rip our planet apart.
Most theories suggest that Nibiru is on a highly elliptical orbit around the sun..approximately taking 3500+ years for a revolution. Yet others suggest that it is a rogue planet which is just wandering into our solar system from places unknown.
Almost all theories agree on one thing. It is coming to end life on the Earth.
A search on youtube will yield so many home made videos about the coming to Nibiru to Earth.
This is the most popular one.
Most scientists believe that there is a lot of scientific evidence that suggests that there is no Nibiru out there and even if it is present, it is not coming anywhere close to the Earth.
Their main arguments are as follows:
1. If an object that large was coming towards us and expected to hit in 2012, we would see it by now.
2. An object with a 3500 year orbit seems highly improbable..
3. Such a large object passing through space will destabilize surrounding objects due to gravity...If it were to enter from the outer solar system, all the planets would be knocked off their orbits.
Of course the supporters say that space agencies especially NASA have been covering up the truth and that telescopes have confirmed a large planet headed towards us. This has not been released to the public because of fears of mass hysteria just like the movie "2012". It is said that "South Pole telescope" was built for the sole purpose of tracking Nibiru.
Some also claim that "Nibiru" might actually be a comet named Elenin which is supposed to come very close to the on 16 October 2011. Some people have gone as far to say that the "ELE" in "Elenin" stands for "Extinction Level Event"....Sounds very scary...but it could be a close call indeed.
A pic was posted claiming to be a NASA photograph of Nibiru and this stirred the internet quite a lot.
But this was proved to be actually a star called V838 Mon.
So is Nibiru really heading towards us? We can only hope that it is not and speculate.
More on Nibiru, 2012 and Sitchin in another post.