2012 was another prophetic period that supposedly marked the end of the world. On December 21-23, a cataclysm or collision with some huge object was expected, as predicted by the Maya (or rather, their calendar that was cut off on the date). Among the culprits and threats were called the mystic planet Nibiru. But does it really exist?
Recall that the panic that arose in 2012 about Nibiru made NASA make an official statement. Scientists reported that next to us there is no large object that could threaten the life of earthlings. How did this idea come about with Nibiru?
Theoretical size of the planet Nibiru
It all started back in 1976. A proponent of the theory of paleokontakt Zakhariy Sitchin studied Sumerian texts, in which he allegedly found a description of the 12th planet, which he named planet X or Nibiru. This is a pseudo-scientific hypothesis, which asserts that there is a distant world, which once in 3,600 years crosses the solar system at the point of perihelion, passing between Mars and Jupiter. The movement of the planet gravitationally affects the Earth, so in 2012 they expected serious trouble.
In addition, Sitchin was convinced that this 12th planet was inhabited by developed beings who visited Earth and were perceived in Mesopotamia as the Anunnaki gods. Back in 2003, the psychic Nancy Leader was announced. She claimed that the aliens with Nibiru made contact with her and warned that the Earth should prepare for a collision. When this did not happen, the date was shifted to 2012. The situation escalated in 2011. Comet Elenin was approaching our planet (C / 2010 X1). Many began to say that this is not a comet at all, but a disguised planet of Nibiru. But the object approached the Sun and split into many pieces.
Comet Elenin in the Hubble Review
Is there any evidence of the existence of Nibiru? Scientists claim that such a world simply can not exist. With an orbit of 3,600 years, it must bring real chaos into the solar system. She would have influenced not only our planet, but could have destroyed Mars and Jupiter long ago. In addition, when approaching in 2012, its brightness would become noticeable even for amateur astronomers (if you suddenly do not trust NASA).
Also, Nibiru cannot exist in the Oort cloud or the Kuiper belt, because its gravitational influence on objects must be noticeable. However, in these areas Planet X can be hidden, which personifies the very real Ninth Planet. According to estimates, it can be 10 times greater than the Earth massiveness and be 600 times farther from the Sun than we are.
Estimated orbit of planet X (ninth planet)
However, if the Ninth Planet exists, then it has nothing to do with the mythical Nibiru. Researchers also note that in studying Sumerian mythology, they failed to find any mention of a large planet. So you can safely plan for the future, since no horrible 12th planet is going to break into our celebration of life.