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Planet X: The Doomsday Planet Essay

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Planet X. It sounds like something from a science fiction movie. There has been a lot of speculation about whether or not planet X really exists. Many people are obsessed with the theory that it exists and have done some really crazy things ,such as threaten suicide, because they are so disturbed about the planet. Maybe that is why it is also called the “doomsday planet”.
Planet X has also been named Nibiru and is considered the twelfth planet. The name Nibiru came from a book written by Zecharia Sitchin. The book told about a twelfth planet with an oblong orbit. It was supposed to get near the earth every 3600 years. The book was called The Twelfth Planet. The book told the story of a group of aliens who modified people genetically so they would become their slaves. She said that humans evolved on Niribu and colonized the planet in some previous orbit. The aliens were said to return to earth to cause havoc in 2012.1 The whole idea of a “doomsday planetary collision” began with a lady named Nancy Lieder. She started talking about planets colliding in 1995 and she believed that had an implant in her brain that gave her the ability to receive messages from aliens. She claimed that she could communicate with aliens and that she was sent to warn humans that there would be a collision that would end life on earth. She predicted that this collision of planets would happen in May of 2003. When the event did not happen in 2003, Lieder and her followers decided it would happen in 2013. This was in line with the end of the Mayan calendar.
Many language experts think that that Zecharia Sitchin got it all wrong when he translated ancient text that he claimed a group of people called Sumerians didn’t think there were so many planets in the universe. They also did not believe that humans on earth came from Nibiru. The experts also pointed out that no planet could “keep a stable orbit that passes through the inner solar system every 3600 years and is beyond Pluto for the rest of the time.” In spite of all of the controversy and differences of opinion, Sitchin’s book about Planet X has been translated into more than twenty languages and has sold millions and millions of copies all over the world. 2
In 2008, Japanese researchers found a large mass in the outer Solar System. They thought it was a planet smaller than earth. It turned out that this was not Planet X but the discovery of one of the smaller planets in the Kuiper Belt. For a long time scientists have had signs that there could be another planet circling the Sun beyond the Kuiper Belt. There is an area called the Kuiper Cliff and there have not been many objects observed beyond the cliff. This makes astronomers think that the cliff is there because another planet is orbiting the area. The Kuiper Belt is a very large area of space that contains items that indicate that there could be other planets circling the earth. Pluto was discovered in 1930 and since that happened,...

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