Nibiru: The Nonexistent Planet


Artist’s conception of the fictional rogue planet Nibiru, or Planet X. Nibiru does not exist, so don’t be fooled. Credit: gilderm sxc.hu.
Linked to the close of the Mayan calendar, a variety of rumors spread regarding ways the world could end back in 2012.

By Nola Taylor Redd | SPACE.com

One popular contender was Nibiru, a supposed planet that some claimed would collide with Earth at the end of that year. But despite the buzz, there’s no scientific evidence supporting the alleged planet’s existence — and, of course, our planet survived 2012 without absorbing a massive impact.

Nibiru has been linked to NASA by various bloggers. Because of this claimed connection, space agency officials put out a statement saying that no big planet was coming to destroy Earth in 2012. What follows below is the true science and history of this supposed rogue planet, with reference to a real object, Comet Elenin, that somehow got mixed up in the whole mess.

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