In part 1 I investigated the Mayan origin of the 2012 Apocalypse prediction, and found that the Maya never actually predicted the end of the world, certainly not in December 2012. The myth that the world will be destroyed is a Western idea and has nothing to do with the Maya, in fact, the Maya living today are getting fed-up with all this nonsense.
However, people have made predictions that various natural disasters could occur in 2012, such as solar storms, planetary collisions and polar reversals, some of which could threaten humanity. Even if the Mayan prophecy isn’t true, could any of these catastrophes still happen?
In this post I’ll look at the planet Nibiru and cosmic alignment, in the next post I’ll look at solar storms and asteroid and comet impacts, and the 4th post I’ll look at super volcanoes and polar reversals.
As before, I’ll do this with an objective and open-mind, as a lot of people are worried about these events and I believe they should be clearly understood by everyone.
I’ll start with the least likely one….
Nibiru, also called Planet X, is claimed to be a planet orbiting our Sun. Never heard of it? Apparently that’s because modern scientists weren’t aware of Nibiru until very recently, because its orbit is so big that it’s been hiding out in deep space for thousands of years and couldn’t be seen from Earth. Its orbit is so big that it apparently takes 3600 years to complete one lap (it takes one year for Earth, about 12 years for Jupiter and about 165 for Neptune).
Although modern astronomers weren’t unaware of Nibiru, the 2012 myths claim that ancient civilizations were. The author Zecharia Sitchin named the planet Nibiru after a Sumerian name, and claimed that many ancient civilizations were aware of it, including the Sumerians, the ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Babylonians.
The claim is that Nibiru is headed back into our Solar System and towards Earth, some sources say that on the 21st of December 2012 Nibiru will collide with our planet, totally destroying the Earth, while other sources say it will pass close to us, causing damage in a variety of ways, including creating tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, polar reversals or even raining the Earth with asteroids dislodged from the asteroid belt. Other, more imaginative sources, claim that Nibiru is inhabited by an evil race, sometimes called the Nephilim, sometimes the Anunnaki, who will attack Earth on December the 21st, enslaving humanity and stealing our gold (for some reason they love gold).
However none of this is true. Zecharia Sitchin is not an expert in ancient civilizations, although he claimed he was, and no archaeologist or historian has even found a reference to the planet Nibiru in any ancient texts, it appears Sitchin made these claims up in order to sell his books.
If Nibiru were to strike the Earth in 2012 then it would be visible in our sky today, it would appear as a large bright object in the night sky, likely larger than the Moon by now. Take a look tonight, you won’t see Nibiru, because it isn’t there. Some people have claimed this is because it can only be seen from the South Pole, or that it’s hiding behind the Sun. Both are geometrically impossible, if something can be seen from the South Pole it can be seen from the entire Southern Hemisphere of Earth, and something can’t hide behind the Sun for long, as the Earth travels right the way around the Sun each year.
Others have claimed that they have seen Nibiru in the sky. Nibiru photos can be found on the internet, like the one above, which are usually optical effects caused by the camera itself, such as the Sun reflecting off the lens of the camera and creating a double image. Think about it, if Nibiru was close enough to the Sun to be photographed, then if you could see the Sun, you’d be able to see Nibiru too, from anywhere on the Earth, go and look outside towards the Sun right now, I guarantee Nibiru won’t be there. Other have claimed that NASA has officially stated Nibiru exists, and that they have pictures of it taken by the Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS). This isn’t true; NASA denies the existence of Nibiru (they say so here).
Some astronomers have claimed that there could be another planet in our Solar System, far beyond Neptune in the outer regions of our Solar System, and that it could be huge. This is based on either the perturbations of Uranus and Neptune’s orbits, or the displacement of comets from the Oort cloud, either of which could be caused by the passage of a more distant planet. In 1983 it was even reported that IRAS had found a number of objects deep in our Solar System, some of which could have been planets. However, after further analysis it was soon realised by NASA that the objects weren’t planets; they were all more distant objects, most of them galaxies.
Nibiru is an exciting idea, but it doesn’t exist; there are no known references to it in any ancient text, it can’t be seen in the night sky, NASA has not found it and is not part of a conspiracy to keep it hidden, and the photos are all fakes. Think about it, if Nibiru was heading towards us, NASA or any government wouldn’t be able to keep it a secret as almost anyone would be able to see it in the sky, and the media would be all over it. This hasn’t happened. There is no Nibiru.
Still unconvinced? This isn’t even the first time Nibiru has been predicted to pass Earth. Nancy Lieder claimed it would fly past on the 27th of May 2003. It didn’t. I’m sure someone will make another Nibiru claim after 2012, maybe 2025?
Another idea is that a cosmic alignment will occur on the 21st of December 2012, and that this will somehow damage the Earth. A cosmic alignment, is supposed to be an occasion when the Earth aligns with at least one other object in the sky, such as another planet, a star or even a galaxy. Lots of different alignments have been predicted for 2012, including an alignment of the Earth with the other planets in our Solar System, and even the alignment of the Earth with the centre of our Galaxy.
However, astronomers can accurately predict the motions of the planets in our Solar System, and no planetary alignments will occur on the 21st of December 2012. Not one. As for the Earth aligning with the centre of our Galaxy, well the Earth does pass through the central plane of rotation of our Galaxy (although not through the actual core of the Galaxy) but this happens over thousands of years so it would be unrepresentative to say on one given day that this is occurring. Also, this has happened millions of times in the Earth’s history, and has had no noticeable effect on life on Earth, as demonstrated by our historical records and the fossil record.
This idea may have been started by a misunderstanding of astronomy, as the 21st of December 2012 is the Winter Solstice for the Northern hemisphere, this is the time of the year when the Earth is in a position that means the Northern half of Earth receives the least sunlight, it’s the shortest day of the year. But this happens once every year, so we know its not harmful for us or the Earth. It’s usually just cold and a bit depressing.
Even if an alignment did occur, how would this effect the Earth? The most common claim seams to be that if our planets aligned with the Earth, or if the Sun aligned with the super massive black hole at the centre of our Galaxy, then the gravitational effect of each body would be magnified and would damage the Earth.
This isn’t how gravity works though, the strength of gravity depends upon the size of the objects and how close they are to each other. Alignments have no effect as it’s the distance between two bodies that matters, not the position. Gravity is extremely weak over large distances, if you double the distance then gravity becomes four times weaker. The super massive black hole at the core of our galaxy is massive and exerts a huge gravitational pull, but its so far away from Earth that its gravitational impact is undetectable. An apple in my hand exerts a much greater pull on the Earth than the black hole at the core of our Galaxy. How about the planets? Well if you aligned all planets in our Solar System to one side of the Earth (which is impossible), the combined effect would equal one half of a percent of the Moon’s gravity on Earth.
On the 21st of December 2012 there will be no cosmic alignments, even if one did happen, it would not be harmful to the Earth, as there is no known mechanism by which an alignment could affect the Earth apart from gravity, and we know this effect would be so small it’d be unnoticeable. The Earth has been through many alignments in the past, and no harmful effects have even been experienced.
So there you have it. Nibiru doesn’t exist, and cosmic alignments do exist but can’t harm the Earth.