posted on Mar, 6 2010 @ 07:43 AM
I don't think there would be widespread public unrest of any kind because NASA announced the finding of a tenth planet (even if, as stated above,
this had not already happened).
Few people would even hear about it (you'd be surprised how little the average American schmuck knows about astronomy; they tune things like that
out), far fewer would be familiar with the concept of "Planet X" and its supposed dangerous attributes, and only a tiny percentage of these very few
people would panic at the announcement of the mere discovery of a new planet.
On the other hand, if it were announced that another planet were hurtling toward Earth on a collision course (or near enough that tidal forces would
do just as much damage as an actual impact), nobody would care what number the incoming planet is. It wouldn't make a difference to very many people
at all whether the planet coming to destroy our own was planet X, planet IX, or planet LCVII.
Pluto was reclassified because a large segment of the scientific community (particularly in disproportionately theory-heavy areas like astronomy and
cosmology) gets hung up on taxonomy and the practice of renaming old things, rather than endeavoring to discover new ones. Compared to securing the
funding and doing the work toward a truly significant experiment or discovery, this is a quick and easy way of immortalizing one's name in the future
There's no grand coverup here, just a few scientists who wanted to be remembered and didn't work in a field with a whole lot of new things to be
discovered, at least not in our immediate stellar neighborhood. Even if there is a Planet X out there, with a vastly eccentric 32,000-year
orbital period, which brings about a mass extinction on Earth each time it passes by, people would not show one bit more restraint in their panic
whether or not it was called Planet X when it was announced.