For more than twenty decades, rumors have circulated about a celestial body called Nibiru or Planet X that could allegedly spell doom for Earth. Unfortunately (conspiracy theorists at least) there’s just no truth to this thought.
Many theories exist about Nibiru could endanger the world. It has been argued that it could smash into us, or throw our orbit off, or even bring forth a cavalcade of volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and tidal waves. However, all of this seems rather unlikely, given that the consensus — which is that Nibiru doesn’t exist. A stage NASA scientist David Morrison lately tried to drive home at a podcast meeting with Science Alert.
“Nibiru, I really don’t know any scientists, even some astronomers, who take that very seriously,” Seth Shostak, senior astronomer for the SETI Institute, informed Futurism. “If that world existed, the evidence would be very obvious that it exists. There’s no proof. It is like saying, ‘Hey, what happened in my dream, it’s probably real.’ Unless you have better proof than having a dream about it, then it’s probably not true.”
An astrophysicist and physics professor at Rochester Institute of Technology, Brian Koberlein, added that not only is there no proof in aid of their world’s presence — there’s actually evidence against it. As he informed Futurism, “We have done sky surveys that absolutely demonstrate that there is not something like this.”
“It is pretty easy to demonstrate that the idea that there’s a really large world — as big as the Earth, or bigger — that visits the inner solar system every several thousand decades, that’s rather simple to disprove,” said Shostak. “That could have disrupted the orbits of planets of the inner solar system that a long, long time past. Billions of years ago. They would be disrupted, so you would find the ramifications of this. Not only that, but you’d have a fantastic chance of just visiting it, and nobody has.”
Koberlein sets Nibiru in exactly the identical class as flat Earth theories. “There’s a movement of shoving back against scientific thoughts,” he clarified. Koberlein considers part of the issue is the way scientific findings have been presented; at times sensationalized or misrepresented.
“I think it’s more of a mindset of anti-scientific elitism,” explained Koberlein. “I believe it will have some implications with regard to, the more people thoughts are fed, the less likely folks are to pay their taxes toward scientific study or something like this, and that does impact us.”
When it may be individual to get caught up worrying about doomsday scenarios we can’t control — not least of all those involving a mysterious celestial body effective at causing d***h and destruction–everything we know about the cosmos indicates that Nibiru is little more than a frightful story.
“In regard to the present moment, there’s not any ‘doomsday scenario from the skies’ that is coming. Anything is so big that we know that it’s not there if you are talking about Nibiru, or even some rock coming to Earth. We could rule out any of it.”
Koberlein acknowledges that it is potential that a rock big enough to ruin a city or maybe a little city could be overlooked: for example, if the Chelyabinsk meteorite had hit at a steeper angle, the harm could have been quite severe. However, the chances of an event such as this are very slim, since these objects gone usually hit places, and seldom hit the ground.
“We haven’t seen everything, but we know that big impacts occur, and we know that it’s potential,” Koberlein informed Futurism, adding that “In terms of whatever of size that’s large-scale, there’s nothing out there that’s going to strike us, or anything much like this — there’s no supernova that’s close enough to nourish the Earth, we do not have any celebrity collision, there’s no gravity waves that’s gonna kill us or anything else like this. On the best of our knowledge, we’re protected.”
Given that there are severe dangers to the Earth’s well-being that establish, and for which there is abundant scientific proof, we’ve got a lot to be concerned about.