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The poor innocent star had the misfortune to become an urban legend sometime in 2008.
Google Sky dumped lots of astronomical data into its sky view, to make it more interesting than just looking at white specks on a black background. Since CW Leonis is pretty much invisible by ordinary light, Google opted to use a false color infrared image. This used data from the IRAS infrared space telescope, which unfortunately had severe issues when it imaged the star. The innocent star became a huge ugly multicolored blob with two long tails that were scanning artifacts (basically lens flares).
Later in 2008 some clown who was either a True Believer conspiracy theorist or a troll in search of lulz went to WikiSky and labeled the object 'Nibiru'. Well, it is a wiki after all.
Nibiru is an imaginary planet that far too many credulous conspiracy theorists believe passes by Earth every 3,600 years, allowing the ancient astronaut god-like inhabitants to invade us in their flying saucers and enslave the entire human race. Thanks to that show-oaf on WikiSky throwing gasoline on the fire, to this day there are periodic outbreaks on conspiracy forums about how CW Leonis is comin' ta getcha and the end is nigh.
originally posted by: OccamsRazor04
And then how many years to get information back? It's a hard sell to fund something you won't get any results for 40 years.