One of the most raging conspiracy theories that have been abuzz on the Internet since a long time now is about a mysterious planet that is heading over to Earth to destroy our home planet. Several theorists had predicted that Earth would be wiped off by a rogue planet, named Nibiru or Planet X, on November 19, which, as we all can see, didn't happen.
The theorists were proved wrong once again. While NASA has said it many times that such a planet doesn't exist in the first place, Internet 'experts' had claimed that Nibiru would set off a catastrophic series of earthquakes and end all lives in the world.
Recently, a NASA scientist has come out with a podcast and it appears that he has had it enough about the persistent claims, which, according to him, are completely false.
In this week's SETI Institute podcast, NASA scientists David Morrison said: "You're asking me for a logical explanation of a totally illogical idea."
"There is no such planet, there never has been, and presumably there never will be â but it keeps popping up over and over," he added.
As NASA's website "Ask an Astrobiologist" became flooded with queries regarding Nibiru threats, in 2008 Morrison had written on his blog, "I assumed that Nibiru was the sort of Internet rumor that would quickly pass... I now receive at least one question per day, ranging from anguished ('I can't sleep; I am really scared; I don't want to die') to the abusive ('Why are you lying; you are putting my family at risk; if NASA denies it then it must be true.')"
While replying to a question about what would happen if Nibiru enters the solar system, Morrison said in the podcast, "If a big object was coming into the solar system its gravity would perturb the orbits of the planets, and we would have detected that long before it came close to the Earth. The moon would have been ejected, and obviously, that is not the case."
In this year alone, the conspiracy theorists had predicted several dates for the alleged Planet X apocalypse. September 23 and November 17 were among the recently predicted dates, when the destructions were supposed to occur, which, of course, never happened.
The theorists had made a similar prediction back in 2012, whereas, the references to the Planet X theory had first appeared on an obscure website in 1995.
This theory became so inexhaustible that NASA had to release a statement to confirm that it wasn't true.
The statement from the space agency read, "Various people are 'predicting' that world will end on September 23 when another planet collides with Earth. The planet in question, Nibiru, doesn't exist, so there will be no collision. Nibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an internet hoax. There is no factual basis for these claims. If Nibiru or Planet X were real and headed for an encounter with the Earth astronomers would have been tracking it for at least the past decade, and it would be visible by now to the naked eye. Obviously, it does not exist."