Nibiru, Planet X – Rogue Planets or More 2012 Conspiracy?

Posted in Cosmology and Astrophysics, Planets on May 24 2011 by Ryan Pisano

I have received a request from a user on Facebook asking us to do some research and write a post about one of the more scientific 2012 doomsday theories.  The incident is with a planet supposedly named “Nibiru” but is also wrongfully deemed “Planet X.”  I’d like to immediately dispel the idea that this article will be in any way suggesting an eminent doomsday!  Even in just researching the topic I find myself sifting through deeper and deeper likely fictional articles with less and less of a tie to any reputable source.  For the sake of this article, we will stay far away from those realms.

A Representation of Nibiru as a horned planet

A Representation of Nibiru with horns, likening it to the devil and distruction.

Nibiru’s legend


So What Is The Doomsday Nibiru Theory?

Like many cosmic events, and mostly all legends, the story of the planet Nibiru dates back to ancient times.  This particular story comes from the Sumerians.   Using their superior math and observational skills, the Sumerians were able to predict twelve different bodies within the Solar System.  There were ten planets orbiting one sun, plus the one moon visible from Earth.  The planets in order Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto (previously considered a planet, more info here!).   With these nine planets discovered there is one body missing from the observations.  It is claimed for there to be one more planet called Nibiru.  Some compelling evidence for the planet is several gravitational anomalies in comets as well as some seen by spacecraft.

a sculpted depiction of the anunnaki people.

Some sculpted depictions of the Anunnaki. Notice the shaped heads, conspiracy theorists may liken these to the shaped heads of the Mayan people.

What About The Alien Part?

Some parts of the story account for a race of aliens that live on this planet.  They are said to be named the Anunnaki and several had made their way to the planet Earth.  The legend has it that they began mining gold.   The early civilization’s desire for gold and abundant usage of it religiously could be linked to this civilization’s teachings towards the earliest form of man.  Some versions of the legend even include humans being created by the Anunnaki from the primates already alive on the planet.

Nibiru’s Role in Modern Theories and Concern.

With the end of the Mayan calender approaching some people are flocking to find the cause of an alleged doomsday.  Many have turned their eyes to the Nibiru story.  Today’s understanding of the universe has made the story seem even scarier!

The planet is said to have a “rogue” orbit, which passes somewhere in the vicinity of Jupiter’s orbit.  Every (roughly) 3000 years, the planet is said to pass through the planet’s orbits, slowly wreaking havoc on them.  In 1983 an infrared telescope piloted by NASA picked up some signals given off in the distance by an unknown source.  In an interview NASA confirmed that it never claimed to have found a new planet, only a possibility of something unknown.  Many others have claimed to have seen and detected Nibiru.  When looking back into past times, theorists claim it was even likely to be the light that was thought to be The Star of Bethlehem!

Debunking Nibiru!

While it is very hard to prove or disprove the Nibiru situation, it is very important to consider all of the facts.  As stated before, when researching the topic I stumbled into many scary theories with no creditable backing.  One trend I noticed was the mention of a dead sun.  Conspiracy websites claim that some of the gravitational tug is caused by a star in the solar system that never began combustion.  Since it is dark, they claim scientists cannot see it.  One major combatant against this theory is Jupiter.  Jupiter is composed of mostly hydrogen.  It has been referred to as a star that was never born, however it has not sufficient gravity to snare a planet or object almost as large as it is! The dead star is also said by some to be only visible from the southern hemisphere, however some of the anomalies were found to be in a farther north region, as well as The Star of Bethlehem having shown up in the sky in the northern hemisphere.

Another website accounts the dead star to be orbiting our sun just outside the kuiper belt with Nibiru orbiting around it.  The dark star is said to have six other planets orbiting around it!  As Nibiru makes its orbit around the sun, it then makes its crossing in a reverse direction to the planets we already know.  Neither NASA nor ESO or, honestly, any reputable source has confirmed these findings to be truth, or even considered scientific theories.

Is Nibiru Planet X?

No!  Calling an object Planet X is a misnomer.  The term is a name used to describe objects that are possibly unnamed planets.  At one point in the past, Pluto was considered Planet X.  Upon discovery, Pluto was then actually named and the term Planet X was ready to describe the next unknown object.  Assuming Nibiru even exists, it could not be Planet X, it would simply be Nibiru.  There is no Planet X Doomsday!  There hasn’t been, there never will be.  It is not possible, once confirmed a planet, a name would be given.

How Can Nibiru Be A Planet?

If you have visited or previously read the article determining if Pluto should be considered a planet, you might be wondering how Nibiru could be a planet!  For those who have not visited yet I’d suggest you do, but I’ll recap the criteria for something to be a planet (under the assumption that it actually exists).

  • It needs to be in orbit around the Sun –(see below)
  • It needs to have enough gravity to pull itself into a spherical shape – Nibiru qualifies
  • It needs to have “cleared the neighborhood” of its orbit – Nibiru does not qualify (see below)

Nibiru’s Orbit Around The Sun

Which sun? The bright, or the dim?!  Nibiru cannot be a planet in our immediate solar system because according to the story (some versions at least) it revolves around another star, which revolves around our sun.  Going by that solar system, it would certainly qualify being that Nibiru is said to revolve around the dead star.

Nibiru’s Collision Prone Orbit

No matter which solar system in the story you go by, Nibiru does not qualify as the third element.  Nibiru would be on a collision course with all of the planets its orbit intersects.  The chance of collisions is just reduced based on the physical location of both the dead sun and Nibiru as well as the planet who’s orbit it has crossed.  There would be no large doomsday scare if Nibiru qualified as with this criteria.


A depiction of the orbits of all the planets plug Nibiru and its Dark Star

The orbits of the planets and how Nibiru and its Dark Star interesct with our orbits.


















Is There Any Supporting Evidence?

Of course!  It can seem that many major catastrophic and unexplainable events (by other means than angry “gods”) line up with the supposed passing of Nibiru to Earth.  Extinction, Asteroids, Tsunamis, The Biblical Flood, and possibly the current increase in weather patterns!  As the planet passes Earth without colliding it is said to disrupt the orbit and axis of the planet.  Even more interesting is that seemingly every civilization of old has a saying for the year 2012.  They can be almost directly related to the accounts of the Nibiru legend.


Ancient Mentions

* Hopi Predict a 25yr period of purification followed by End of Fourth World and beginning of the Fifth.
* Mayans Call it the ‘end days’ or the end of time as we know it.
* Maoris Say that as the veils dissolve there will be a merging of the physical & spiritual worlds.
* Zulu Believe that the whole world will be turned upside down.
* Hindus Kali Yuga (end time of man). The Coming of Kalki & critical mass of Enlightened Ones.
* Incas Call it the ‘Age of Meeting Ourselves Again’.
* Aztec Call this the Time of the Sixth Sun. A time of transformation. Creation of new race.
* Dogon Say that the spaceship of the visitors, the Nommo, will return in the form of a blue star
* Pueblo Acknowledge it’ll be the emergence into the Fifth World
* Cherokee Their ancient calendar ends exactly at 2012 as does the Mayan calendar.
* Tibetan Kalachakra teachings are prophesies left by Buddha predicting Coming of the Golden Age.
* Egypt According to the Great Pyramid (stone calendar), present time cycle ends in year 2012 AD

(list pulled from, but note I am not considering it a reputable source for scientific information, merely for the legend)

All of these seem to point towards seeing the civilization that created mankind, as well as even giving homage to the Earth-changing events that take place with a planet coming so close.


In conclusion

I by no means discourage interest in the topic, both mythological and scientifically, but I do encourage you to be careful.  Below I have a list of resources that I found to be at least somewhat reliable or a more clear representation of the myth.


TOEBlog would love to hear YOUR personal feelings, thoughts, comments, and questions on the subject matter.  Remember to be respectful as even the deepest roots of the story are shrouded in mystery and possible fiction!  If you liked the article be sure to give us a thumbs up on Stumble Upon or like it on Facebook!



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