December 2015 and the Looming Threat of Nibiru (…Again)

By on December 4, 2015 // Esoteric Theories // 2 Comments

Image: NASA/ESA/G. Bacon (STScI) via CC by 2.0
Image: NASA/ESA/G. Bacon (STScI) via CC by 2.0

December 21, 2012. Almost three years ago, doomsday preppers were hard at work getting their shelters ready and stocking up on lifetime supplies of canned peas. It could have been the greatest of all end-of-the-world prophecies – the Mayan Apocalypse.

Three months ago, it was the Blood Moon Prophecy.

Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your bunker budget) neither of those ends happened. I guess a good doomsday is hard to find. But there is another.

Here Comes Nibiru?

I’ve written about Nibiru before. In short, it’s a rogue planet (or some otherwise large celestial object) that will, if conspiracy theorists are to be believed, cross paths with Earth someday soon. It will either destroy us on impact or simply pass by, causing all sorts of unfortunate events when it does.

Earlier this year, some began to claim this so-called Nibiru Cataclysm would strike in December 2015. This month.

Several videos and images have appeared online purporting to contain evidence of Nibiru, usually as a bright “second Sun” in the evening sky.

In August, new “evidence” appeared in the form of a previously blacked-out area on Google Sky (essentially Google Maps for space). It shows what is described as a “winged planet,” which you can view directly at Google Sky.

While you’d figure a large rogue planet or second Sun would be fairly obvious  – especially one predicted to be near Earth within the month – the general claim seems to be, as said by New York Daily News, that “the government is keeping people in the dark.” NASA, meanwhile, has a whole video dedicated to debunking Nibiru (made back when it was predicted to cross Earth in December 2012), stating that “there is no credible evidence whatever for the existence of Nibiru.”

From what I’ve read, this has not deterred those who believe. At worst, the latest end date might have to be pushed back. Again. Well, I’ll keep you posted.

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Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. He manages Stranger Dimensions in between changing aquarium filters and reading bad novels about mermaids.

  • Baskar Alvar Maniccam

    People have been decrying the end times for hundreds of years, to no avail. Rumors about doomsday spread like wildfire and often incite fear, but online research can make it easier than ever to delve into the scientific evidence about such events.

    Sedna’s 12,000-year orbit is so eccentric that it spends only a small fraction of its orbital period near the Sun, where it can be easily observed. Since the discovery of Sedna was a highly unusual, unlikely and unexpected, there is probably a substantial population of frigid extreme trans-Neptunian objects roughly Sedna’s diameter yet to be observed in its orbital region. Probability alone suggests that an Earth-sized object exists beyond Neptune. Sedna is about 75% of the size of Pluto. If there are 60 extreme trans-Neptunian objects 75% of the size of Pluto out there then there are probably 40 extreme trans-Neptunian objects the size of Pluto … If there are 40 extreme trans-Neptunian objects the size of Pluto, then there are probably 10 extreme trans-Neptunian objects that are twice the size of Pluto. There are probably 3 or 4 that are three times the size of Pluto, and the biggest of these extreme trans-Neptunian objects … is probably the size of Mars or the size of the Earth. Minimum possible distance for an extreme trans-Neptunian frigid object of twice the Earth mass is about 500 AU and about 1,000 AU for an object of 15 times the Earth mass.

  • Brandon Ryan

    How many more failed appearances before this theory just goes away…