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Nibiru And The Threat To Earth: The World Will End Just Not This Month Says Bucknell Astronomer

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This year’s winter solstice took place on Dec. 21, the same date on which some believed the world would come to an end, coinciding with the end of the Mayan long-count calendar. Doomsday prophecies even prompted NASA to address people’s concerns. Bucknell University Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy Ned Ladd says the world will end, just not this month.

Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy Ned Ladd peers through Bucknell’s Clark telescope
Credit: Bucknell University

Question: One popular theory among Doomsdayers is a collision between Earth and a planet named “Nibiru.” Should we be concerned?

Answer: Many forecasts of doom, including the Nibiru fable, involve a collision between the Earth and another celestial object — a giant asteroid, comet, or rogue planet. There’s a kernel of truth to this idea. The Earth has been smacked by celestial objects in its past — some of them big enough to cause global change. Perhaps the most famous of these is the “asteroid that killed the dinosaurs,” an object about 5 to 10 miles across that impacted Earth about 65 million years ago and radically changed our ecosystem.

So an impact like this can happen, but it’s a very rare event. We know it’s rare because we’ve scanned the skies for objects large enough to cause trouble. NASA’s Near Earth Object Program searches for these objects and monitors the positions and orbits of those they detect. With modern technology, we can detect all objects of dino-killing size, and quite a bit smaller. There are no large objects which present a collision danger.


Artist’s conception of the rogue planet Nibiru, or Planet X. 

Credit: gilderm |

The Nibiru story involves a collision between Earth and a heretofore undetected Earth-sized planet that comes careening in from our outer solar system. An object that large would be easy to detect, even if it were still far out in the distant reaches of our solar system. It’s just not out there.

Q: Another Doomsday prediction calls for a unique planetary alignment to bring about the end of the world. What impact do celestial alignments have on Earth?

A: Celestial alignment can produce spectacularly beautiful sights, but they have little or no physical significance. Perhaps the most famous of these is the alignment of the Earth, Moon, and Sun that produces solar and lunar eclipses. Planetary alignments are a little less spectacular, since the planets themselves look like bright “stars” in our night sky. There’s no evidence that planetary alignments affect Earth processes in any way. The only conceivable interaction would involve the combined gravitational pull of the aligning planets, but the planets are so far away that the gravitational forces they exert on the Earth are minute.

Exceptions are the Sun and Moon, which are close enough (in the case of the Moon) or massive enough (the Sun) to influence the motion of water in our oceans and produce tides. Tidal torques act to slow the Earth’s rotation rate, but only by a tiny amount — a “day” today is about 30 milliseconds longer than it was 2000 years ago. There’s nothing out there capable of changing the Earth’s rotation rate any more quickly than this.

Q: What about the theory that a black hole in the center of the galaxy will swallow up Earth?
A: Black holes are marvelous and real celestial objects surrounded by such strong gravitational fields that even light cannot escape. Of course, you have to be near enough to one of these monsters to experience those high gravity effects, and black holes are pretty small by celestial standards. Even the super-massive black hole at the center of our galaxy, an enormous beast with a mass at least a million times that of the Sun, produces extreme effects only very locally. That black hole is more than 27,000 light years away, so we’re safely out of the danger zone.

Q: Doomsday aside, will Earth one day cease to exist?

A: When you start to consider really long time scales, like millions or billions of years, events that are extremely unlikely to happen anytime soon become almost certain to happen. For example, there’s virtually no risk of a large asteroid impacting Earth in the next 100 years, but it’s very likely that one will hit us in the next 100 million years. A large one, say 10 miles across or larger, could have devastating effects on our ecosystem, and probably could be called an “extinction event.”

If rocks from space don’t get us first, then we’ll start to have a problem with the Sun in about two billion years. As the Sun ages it will puff up in size and become more luminous, slowly raising the temperatures on Earth. Eventually, our oceans will boil away and our atmosphere will become thick with water vapor and carbon dioxide, creating a runaway greenhouse effect like that on the planet Venus. By then temperatures on our dry, barren planet will be above 1000 degrees, and it’s hard to see how we might survive in that environment.

But all of these events will take place in what we sometimes call the “deep future.” I suspect there are many more pressing issues, such as climate change, the spread of nuclear materials, and the poisoning of our environment, that should demand our more immediate attention. If we don’t survive those challenges, the astrophysical threats millions of years in our future are irrelevant.

David Morrison, Ph.D.; excerpts from “Doomsday 2012 and Cosmophobia: Challenges and Opportunities for Science Communication” presented as a Plenary Session at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) “Communicating Science Conference” held Tuesday August 7, 2012.
Video Credit:NLSI
David Morrison is the Director of the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe at the SETI Institute and is the Senior Scientist at the NASA Lunar Science Institute. Dr. Morrison is one of the founders of the multidisciplinary field of astrobiology, and he is also an authority on asteroids and the asteroid impact hazard. He has written extensively about the struggle against pseudoscience, such as the denial of evolution and global warming, and today he is one of the most outspoken scientists exposing the hoax of doomsday 2012.

Kristine Larsen, Ph.D.; excerpts from “Doomsday 2012 and Cosmophobia: Challenges and Opportunities for Science Communication” presented as a Plenary Session at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) “Communicating Science Conference” held Tuesday August 7, 2012. Video Credit:NLSI

Kristine Larsen is Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Central Connecticut State University where she also teaches classes in debunking pseudo-sciences. In recent years she has presented on the 2012 phenomenon to numerous professional and public groups. She is also a contributor to the website

Mark Van Stone, Ph.D.; excerpts from “Doomsday 2012 and Cosmophobia: Challenges and Opportunities for Science Communication” presented as a Plenary Session at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) “Communicating Science Conference” held Tuesday August 7, 2012. Video Credit:NLSI

Mark Van Stone, an autodidact calligrapher, won a Guggenheim Fellowship to study the history of written forms in 1988. He earned his doctorate in Maya hieroglyphs in 2005 at the University of Texas, coauthored “Reading the Maya Glyphs” with Michael D. Coe in 2001, and wrote and published “2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya” in 2010. Currently, he teaches art history at Southwestern College, in Chula Vista, California.


Question and answer session from “Doomsday 2012 and Cosmophobia: Challenges and Opportunities for Science Communication” presented as a Plenary Session at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) “Communicating Science Conference” held Tuesday August 7, 2012. Video Credit:NLSI

Moderator Andrew Fraknoi is the Chair of the Astronomy Program at Foothill College, Senior Educator at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and the Founding Co-editor of Astronomy Education Review. A Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, he has written and lectured over several decades on techniques and resources for dealing with the astronomical pseudo-sciences. His hobby is compiling bibliographies, and he will distribute a guide to “Doomsday 2012″ resources at the conference.

Source: Cornell University, NASA 

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    • Anonymous

      Nibiru was diverted because it would have resulted in an ELE and that doesn’t fit in with the agenda for Earth. There will be plenty of global disasters, just not an ELE. The debris field of Nibiru, is still on course for Earth and the bigger stuff will be destroyed or diverted. Earth became a Level 1 civilization, as of Dec. 21, 2012 and there are quite a few perks associated with our higher status. Aliens are working to keep population losses to no more that 95%. The tenure of the elite is over but they will be making it pretty miserable on Earth, until the details are worked out and they are dead and gone, never to reincarnate here again. Earth will be growing in diameter by 5%, with the corresponding increase in mass. Our planet has always been growing, just like other celestial bodies and the solar maximum will provide the energy for this growth spurt . Of course, this will be devastating but just another phase for our planet. The Schumann Resonance of Earth has risen dramatically over the past 100 years, after being stable for hundreds of thousands of years. The big changes are well underway and the next four years will be jaw dropping. The full transition will take another 100 years. Try to stay alive; tough row to hoe.

      • Pick Up After Your Dogma

        Dat baseless knowledge

      • Anonymous

        wtf are you talkng about????

    • Anonymous

      I forgot the link to the Schumann Resonance. Lots of examples because higher consciousness beings are naturally attracted to Earth now such as Indigo, Crystal, Star and many others. They come from all over the universe and they are gradually replacing all of the lower consciousness souls. Us lower consciousness beings will reincarnate on some primitive planet requiring population and we will continue to grow our consciousness there. God’s agenda is to raise the consciousness of all of his Creation. We are protected and nurtured, constantly; just like the children in our families. As it is above, so it is below. All is well, always was and always will be.

    • Gorja

      Hahahaha get over it. You ain’t scaring anyone with you’re lies. 21/12/2012 never happened and neither will this made up planet happen either. You’re just another low life trying to be someone by making up complete nonsense that you know nothing about yourself. Trying you’re hardest to scare people but nobody but others like you believe. A handful of idiots. Stop trying to keep this going its pathetic.

    • Gorja

      What? Nibiru was diverted??? This gets more and more ridicous! Get over it nobody believes this bs except you and a handful of other idiots wanting to be somebody at the cost of scaring people at which you fail miserably. Doomsday never happened because it was all nonsense. Ha ha haaa. Now you still try to keep it up but you’re not scaring anybody low life. Get a life. Go out. Do something. Nibiru is a false fake bs hoax that only you believe. How sad.

    • somethgblue

      Another disinformationist spouting inane theories and avoiding direct questions, over and over again we here questions about a collision and yet where do these questions come from?

      No one that has any credible evidence on Nibiru Planet X has ever talked about a collision?

      A Polar Shift does not require a collision, because the magnetic force of Nibiru Planet X is greater than that of Earth it affects the tectonic plates of our planet as it passes through our solar system.

      Zitchin and Velikovsky never mention a collision, Zeta Talk never mentions a collision and yet the MSM constantly brings it up!

      Disinformation designed to confuse the public!

      • Confederate

        “Credible evidence on Nibiru”…What “credible evidence”? There is NO evidence at all of any Planet X, Nibiru, Nabo, or f’ing Tatooine!

        You are right about one thing a Pole Shift does not need a collision, but a pole shift, be it the physical poles or magnetic poles can not happen over night. Any shift would take 1000s of years!

        I am so sick of people trying to create fear with this none existent planet x crap! People who believe this rouge planet BS need to do 2 things. One learn some REAL astronomy & 2 see a shrink!

    • Anonymous

      Give it a rest Nibiru nuts. It didn’t happen. God will destroy the world when he see’s fit.

    • Awakenow2

      How come I can’t see Niburu? I wanna see it damn it :neutral: :neutral:

    • Ozzie_Thinker

      We are moving towards the unknown. The interplanetary disasters of 14-13,500BC and c.10,400BC (was all human life wiped out and we ‘recolonised’ by stargate/spacecraft 6000 years ago?) has messed up all the ancient calendars. One of the planet’s in Niburu’s system might come into range 120 years from now, but I believe “planet X” is about 1000 years away. The lost 20 minutes 14th June 2011 has put things up to a higher dimension.

      Those who talk of Type 1, 2 and 3 civilisations live with the ants. There is much more to it than the 3rd, 4th, 5th dimensions. Once you strip the so-called reality layers, a whole new perspective as to “purpose” is seen. I wonder if the Anu are merely “evolved neanderthals” with the ‘vision’ of thugs.

    • MerlinGrace

      Nibiru doesn’t exist. It’s a misinterpretation of ancient texts by Sitchin, who didn’t know what he was reading and made up the missing bits to create a tale. You have to be a fool to believe stuff like this.

    • Fox Mulder

      More of this crap? Even if there were a planet tooling it’s way into the solar system, odds are it would slam Jupiter before any other planet. Jeezus.

    • Givi Alaznis’Pireli

      What are preparing us the planet Nibiru?

      My name is Givi Alaznis’Pireli. I am Georgian very popular esoteric writer, dealing with issues of oldest and modern physics, astrophysics and metaphysics. The results are surprising. I would like to familiarize you with strange facts from Tbilisi. I’ve been studying this issue for 22 years and concluded: the planet “X” – Nibiru (Sumerian Nebiru) is not a gigantic material, it is religious super Light, which should go down on the territory of Republic of Georgia as greatest Beam and will open the sacral Mountain at nearest time. But why… because the phenomenon of Tree of Life (Sumerian Dim-Gal, or Tree of Bothi for Old Indian people) is projected from far cosmos at our land. This Epicenter was found here in 1989 and I think the sacral Place was looking the Argonauts in oldest time on our territory. I think you have to know it. If Esoterist, Cosmologist, Sumerologist, Egyptologist, Astrologers etc., do not know this sacral taboo of our Planet, they are not true specialists of these items. So read it, please (no virus and free of charge): While this information will not be published in world’s press, artificial wars, economic sabotages and strong earthquakes will continue yet.

      Publisher of newspaper “Noe”,
      Esoteric writer Givi Alaznis’Pireli

      (see the “Revolution in Physics” on popular language
      about parallel worlds (no virus and free of charge)):


      1) NOSTRADAMUS SAID THE “WORLD ENDS 3797 A.D” in the Preface to his son Cesar.
      2) What “story” says the Nibiru solar system will “hit the Earth”? – NONE
      3) THE PASSING OVER of this solar system will affect Earth in the same way it has already affected all the other planets by
      a) heating them up
      b) disturbing their place in their orbit
      4) The key word here is and always has been CALENDAR – the COUNT OF DAYS IN OUR YEAR

      We have had on many occasions DIFFERENT counts of the number of days. This translates to the SIZE OF OUR ORBIT
      and this is exactly what will change, that and all our climates

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