Planet Nibiru, which is also commonly referred to as Planet X, is believed by many to be the 12th planet in our solar system. This large planetary object is thought to follow a long, elliptical orbit, reaching our inner solar system roughly every 3,600 years. This has raised concerns that Nibiru will either collide or have a near miss with Earth when it returns to our solar system.
Zecharia Sitchin and The 12th Planet
The name "Nibiru" is derived from the writings of ancient astronaut theorist and author Zecharia Sitchin and his interpretations of Babylonian and Sumerian iconography, symbology and mythology. The most commonly referenced source is his book The 12th Planet released in 1976.
According to Sitchin, Nibiru collided with “Tiamat”, believed to have been another planet once located between Mars and Jupiter. This collision supposedly formed the planet Earth, the asteroid belt, and many comets. Based on his interpretations of Sumerian mythology, Sitchin wrote that Nibiru was the home of a technologically advanced human-like extraterrestrial race called the Anunnaki. He also claimed that these same beings were called The Nephilim (race of giants) in the Book of Genesis, which evolved after the Anunnaki first arrived on Earth after Nibiru passed near by our solar system up to 450,000 years ago.
Nancy Lieder and Planet X Cataclysm
Nancy Lieder is believed to have first put forth the belief of a Nibiru Cataclysm event back in 1995. Lieder initially referred to the planet as Planet X, but it is more commonly thought to be referencing Nibiru. This cataclysmic event has been explained as either a collision or a near-miss in which the intense gravitational pull of Planet X or Nibiru would create mass destruction on Earth including a pole shift which would destroy most of humanity.
Lieder’s predictions are often embraced by numerous doomsday groups and was strongly associated with the 2012 Mayan Calendar prophecies.
What Does Planet Nibiru Look Like?
Lieder described Planet X as roughly four times the size of the Earth while others believe it can be as much as twenty times larger than Jupiter. It is commonly believed that Nibiru is a red planet with a gold hue.
Some theorize it has a star-like moon, which serves as it’s heat source, making life possible on the long orbit away from a Sun-like star. Others believe that life on Nibiru is possible by other atmospheric conditions on the planet without the need of an external heat source such as our sun.
More on this topic: Is Life Possible On Nibiru?
Nibiru Star Trek Planet Reference
In the Star Trek movie, “Star Trek Into Darkness” released on May 16, 2013, Nibiru makes a cameo appearance and includes the main characters running through a red pigmented forest.
Science fiction is often sourced as a medium to either acclimate the masses to new future technologies or to discredit unexplained events or events that are believed may create mass hysteria on our planet such UFOs or, in this case, to possibly diffuse the fear and uncertainty about Nibiru by associating it so directly with Science Fiction.
Nibiru Effects On The Earth and Possible Cataclysm
The most devasting effects on Earth would of course occur from a direct collision if Earth's orbit intersects directly with that of Nibiru. However, even a near miss, which by space standards could be millions of miles, could cause all sorts of profound effects on Earth.
The intense gravity of a near miss could completely reverse Earth’s magnetic poles, which would cause a complete upheaval on our planet. Some of the many disasters often discussed include massive earthquakes and tsumanis.
Where is Nibiru Now and Current Timeline
While there are not any conclusive coordinates being reported, some believe that we are overdue for Nibiru’s return to our solar system. Many believed that the Mayan Calendar prophesized the return to be December 21, 2012, however because this date has come and gone, other calculations are being reported.
For more on Nibiru Coordinate and Timelines: Nibiru Coordinates
Understanding Nibiru’s Orbit
A clue to understanding Nibiru’s extreme elliptical orbit may very well be within our solar system in evaluating Pluto’s orbit.
The orbit of Pluto is unusual in several ways. Pluto has a more elliptical orbit than the other inner planets and most important to note is that it is on a different plane than the rest of our planets. In fact, it is inclined more than 17° from the plane of the orbits of the other planets.
Additionally, the orbit is also more eccentric (far from circular) than any other planetary orbits. At times, Pluto is actually closer to the Sun than the orbit of Neptune.
It’s often pointed out, the fact that Pluto’s orbit intercepts the orbit of Neptune and is at certain times closer to the sun, also helps lend more credibility to the possibility of Nibiru’s extreme orbit and possible overlap with Earth’s orbit.
Halley’s Comet Orbit Nibiru Similarities
It’s also worth noting the highly elliptical orbit of Halley’s comet which seems similar to Nibiru's proposed orbit. It comes in close to our Sun and then shoots out disproportionately back out into space until it makes its way back towards the sun again.
Halley's orbit is retrograde; meaning it orbits the Sun in the opposite direction to the planets, and is also not on same orbital plane as our inner planets (18° to the ecliptic).
Also interesting to note is that although Halley is classified as a “short-period comet” which means it’s a comet with an orbit less than 200 years, there are other comets classified as “long-period” which have highly eccentric orbits and periods ranging from 200 years to thousands or even millions of years.
Below is an example of what many believe is Nibiru’s Orbit:
Image source: altheadlines
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