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There is no planet alignment in 2012 or any other time in the next several decades. As to the Earth being in the center of the Milky Way, I don’t know what this phrase means. If you are referring to the Milky Way Galaxy, we are rather far toward the edge of this spiral galaxy, some 30,000 light years from the center.
What many websites do discuss is the alignment of the Earth and Sun with the center of the Milky Way in the constellation of Sagittarius. This happens every December, with no bad consequences, and there is no reason to expect 2012 to be different from any other year.
If nibiru is a hoax, how did these people got to know about it? where did the idea of nibiru or planet x come from? is it just a product of spontaneous imagination or there are some documents and real evidence that supports it?
The Nibiru hoax has two main sources. First, a man named Zecharia Sitchin, who writes fiction about the ancient Mesopotamian civilization of Sumer, has claimed in several books that he has found and translated Sumerian documents that identify the planet Nibiru, orbiting the Sun every 3600 years. Sitchin has sold a lot of books about these Sumerian fables, which include stories of a civilization of aliens on Nibiru that had aided the Sumerians. Nancy Lieder, a self-declared psychic who claims she is in communication with aliens, says that the inhabitants of a fictional planet around the star Zeta Reticuli warned her that the Earth was in danger from Nibiru. This catastrophe was predicted for May 2003, but when nothing happened it was changed to December 2012. These Nibiru fables were greatly amplified when people started to say that Nibiru would approach Earth at the time of the turn-over of the Mayan long-count at the winter solstice of 2012. Then came myths about the Earth’s magnetic field flipping at the same time, and all of this has been used in the publicity campaign for the Hollywood film “2012” being released this autumn. The film publicity includes a faux scientific website for the Institute for Human Continuity, which is entirely fictitious. (Using this sort of fake website is called “Viral Marketing” by analogy with computer viruses.) You can get more information on all these weird ideas on Wikipedia. Start with “Nibiru collision” for an overview, then look up “Nibiru mythology” about the Babylonian god (there is no Sumerian reference to Nibiru), then “Nibiru (Sitchin)”, and finally for a real laugh use google to check out “Nancy Lieder”. The term “planet X” was borrowed from astronomers who have used it for the past century to apply to possible additional planets not yet discovered. It is nonsense to equate this term with something specific like Nibiru.
NAI Senior Scientist
June 4, 2009