The planet Nibiru has always been talked about every time the word “doomsday” is brought up, as some people believe that this strange planet would collide with Earth someday, thus bringing doom to all living things on our world.
For those who don’t know what Nibiru is, it is supposed to be a large planetary object that orbits around our solar system every 3,600 years. During one of the future orbits, Nibiru is believed to move towards the Earth and collide with it, and because Nibiru’s mass is proposed to be ten times the mass of Earth, the collision would surely bring an end to our planet. However, the problems with this doomsday theory are that it is impossible for a large planetary object to be even near the Earth, it is highly unlikely that a planet only orbits the Sun once every 3,600 years, and Nibiru actually doesn’t exist.
Who proposed the idea that there is a planet called Nibiru? And why was it believed to be the cause of the destruction of Planet Earth? Let us find out as we dive deeper into the origins of the planet Nibiru.
Origins of The Nibiru Cataclysm
The doomsday event involving the non-existent planet Nibiru, widely known today as the Nibiru Cataclysm, was proposed by Nancy Lieder, a woman in the state of Wisconsin in the United States, who claimed that a race of extraterrestrial beings called Zetans implanted a communications device in her brain.
The communications device allowed Lieder to be the spokesperson for the aliens, and in 1995, she founded a website called ZetaTalk, where she would post what the aliens told her. In 1997, when the Comet Hale-Bopp, one of the brightest comets that got near to Earth, got widespread media attention, the Zetans, through Lieder, stated that the Hale-Bopp did not exist and it was just a cover-up to distract people from the fact that a large planetary object will collide with Earth soon.
Lieder then nicknamed this planetary object “Planet X” and proposed that it will approach the Earth on May 27, 2003. When the said date approached and no Planet X was seen from the sky, Lieder states that her proposed doomsday date was a white to “fool the establishment.” Lieder then refused to say when the exact collision between Earth and Planet X.
The name “Nibiru” did not actually come from Lieder but from an author named ZechariaSitchin, who claimed in his 1976 book, The 12th Planet, that he found the name in ancient Mesopotamian texts that predicted the Nibiru flyby.
What is Nibiru flyby? According to the texts, a giant planet that is named Nibiru or Marduk passes by Earth every 3,600 years, and through these flybys, humans will be able to interact with the sentient beings living on the giant planet. While Sitchin did not claim that the flyby would bring the end of planet Earth, Lieder proposed in 1996 that Planet X and Nibiru are one and the same. However, Sitchin denied that there is a connection between his proposed planet and Lieder’s Planet X.
2012 and 2017 Doomsdays
When many so-called doomsday prophets proposed that the end of the world will happen in 2012, there are some who believed that the Nibiru Cataclysm would actually occur in that year. Furthermore, even after the year 2012 passed, many people still believed that the cataclysm will still happen, with some saying that it will occur in 2017.
One particular conspiracy theory regarding the planet Nibiru that became popular in 2017 was popularized by David Meade, a self-proclaimed Christian numerologist who stated that the collision between Nibiru and Earth actually is connected to several passages in the Bible, including the coming of the “Woman of the Apocalypse” that was described in the Book of Revelation. Meade first proposed that Nibiru would collide with Earth in October 2017, but he would later change it to September. However, when the cataclysm did not happen in September, Meade changed the date back to October.
Then, after the doomsday did not occur in October, another self-proclaimed prophet named Terral Croft said that the cataclysm is actually going to happen in November. According to Croft, Nibiru is not a planet but a “black star” that will appear at the edge of the solar system that will cause massive earthquakes on Earth. When November passed, Croft claimed that the power of the black star became lesser and lesser over the years, hence the reason why the end of the world did not happen. The following year, Meade returned to his doomsday theory and proposed that it will now happen in April 2018, and he based this predication on some Bible passages that described The Rapture.
NASA was quick to claim that Meade’s proposed doomsday was false after the numerologist gained media attention and stated that NASA already confirmed the existence of Nibiru. In reality, NASA did not confirm the existence of the planet, but they instead debunked the claims that a planet will collide with Earth.
NASA Debunking the Existence of Nibiru
According to several NASA scientists, if a giant planet that is larger than Earth exists and orbits around the solar system, several astronomers may have already seen this planet through telescopes. Because there is no large planet that can be seen in telescopes besides the already known planets in the solar system, it could already be decided that Nibiru doesn’t exist.
In addition, if Nibiru would flyby Earth once every 3,600 years, the Earth may no longer be in a stable circular orbit, and it might most likely lose its moon since the satellite would be attracted to the planet with a greater gravitational pull.
Because of these facts, one could easily conclude that the planet Nibiru doesn’t exist. However, several scientists proposed that a ninth planet in the solar system actually exists (after Pluto was not considered as the ninth planet), although it wouldn’t cause the end of the world. Called “Planet Nine,” this proposed planet is supposed to ten times larger than Earth and 600 times farther from the Sun, but until 2020, there is still no concrete evidence proving the existence of this planet. For now, Nibiru and Planet Nine would remain non-existent.