So December 21 is less than six months away. As a result we have been seeing a slight resurgence in Nibiru threads. I can only assume that as we get
closer to the date that we'll start seeing even more. Instead of repeating the same information every thread I think it's time we finally compile
all the reasons why there is no Nibiru. I'm going to attempt to cover as many false claims as I can in these initial posts but there's so much
nonsense out there that I'm bound to miss some things. So if you think of something I didn't cover either let me know and I'll add a section for it
or you can add the information itself.
Sitchin, and the Origins of Nibiru
Now I'm sure most of us are familiar with the work of Zechariah Sitchin and his claims regarding Nibiru. For the uninitiated here is a brief
overview. In 1976 Sitchin published a book titled The 12th Planet
which addressed the ancient alien hypothesis originally popularized by Erich
von Daniken in 1968 with his publication of Chariots of the Gods
. Much like von Daniken Sitchin started with the premise that ancient gods were
actually aliens that came to Earth. Pretty much after this their research diverges greatly. While von Daniken looked at artifacts from many different
cultures Sitchin focused on the area of Mesopotamia. He took a great interest in the Akkadians, the Babylonians, and especially the Sumerians. He
claimed that the Sumerian gods, the Annunaki, were actually aliens from the planet Nibiru whose orbit brings it close to Earth every 3,600 years.
Now what was Sitchin's evidence for these claims? First was the word nibiru
itself. It translates to crossing. Sitchin believed this referred
to the planet crossing Earth's orbit. The second piece of evidence was Cylinder Seal VA243.
According to Sitchin not only did this depict one of the Annunaki but it also depicted the Sumerians view of our solar system. If you look in the
upper left corner you can see what appears to be the Sun surrounded by a number of planets. Sitchin claimed that the Sumerians believed that the Moon
was another planet and then it showed the nine planets that were known of in Sitchin's day and then also Nibiru.
So how accurate were Sitchin's claims? Let's first look at his analysis of the word nibiru
. He is right that it does mean “crossing”
however it is not a Sumerian word. The earliest it appears is in the Akkadian lexicon. For them it meant a point of crossing, specifically like a
river crossing. It had no astronomical meaning behind it. It was then later used by the Babylonians to mean the highest point of the ecliptic. This is
the location the Sun is in at its zenith on the summer solstice. Occasionally it would also refer to a planet in this position. For example, if we
look at the Babylonian almanac MUL.APIN we see nibiru
refer to Jupiter. It does not refer to a “12th Planet.”
Next we switch our focus to Cylinder Seal VA243. This is the core of Sitchin's argument for the existence of Nibiru. If you go on Sitchin's word
it's pretty good evidence. We have a Sumerian artifact that clearly shows the Sun with planets orbiting it. There's only one problem, the symbol for
Sun does not appear on this cylinder seal. Furthermore, Sitchin claimed that the Sumerians believed the Moon was another planet. This just isn't
true. In fact the Sumerians had a separate symbol for the Moon and it too does not appear on this cylinder seal. The only symbol that appears on this
seal is the symbol for star/planet.
This image shows the Sumerian symbols for star/planet, Moon, Sun (From Left to Right). As you can clearly see the second and third symbols don't
appear anywhere on Cylinder Seal VA243. Only a night sky full of stars.
While this debunks the basis for all Nibiru claims we will continue with some of the other more common claims.
Association Assyriophile de France. Akkadian Dictionary
Heiser, M.S. The Myth of a 12th Planet: A Brief Analysis of Cylinder Seal VA 243
Roth, M.T. (2011). The Assyrian Dictionary of the Oriental Institute of the University of
Sitchin, Z. (2007). The 12th Planet
. Harper Publishing. New York.
This section really refers to two completely different objects but thanks to having the same name they have become the same in the minds of conspiracy
theorists. The first is a legitimate astronomical term. Nibiruphiles point to this research to support their belief in the second object. This other
object is the creation of Nancy Lieder. It is essentially the exact same thing as Nibiru but with a different name.
Now let's explore why the former Planet X has nothing to do with the latter Planet X. On September 23, 1846 Neptune was discovered by Johann
Gottfried Galle. Almost immediately astronomers noticed that the estimated mass of Neptune did not explain the orbits of the gas giants. As a result
it was theorized that there was another planet lurking on the edges of the solar system.
Skip forward to the first decade of the 20th century and a wealthy Bostonian by the name of Percival Lowell enters the picture. He decided to make it
his life mission to explain the orbits of the gas giants and discover, what he dubbed, Planet X. Note that the X in Planet X does not refer to the
number ten but stands for unknown. To achieve this goal he built the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, AZ.
Now we skip forward to February 18, 1930. At this point Lowell had been dead for a number of years but the staff at Lowell Observatory was continuing
his search. On this day Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto, declaring to his supervisor, “Doctor Slipher, I have found your Planet X.” At the time it
seemed like he had. The location of Pluto was just scant degrees off of two of Lowell's own hypotheses for the location of the Planet. However, it
soon became evident that Pluto was not the cause for the orbits.
Following the discovery of Pluto astronomers kept up the search but as years passed and more data came in more and more astronomers gave up the hunt.
By 1989 only the most diehard believers remained searching. In this year the data that would eventually explain the orbits of the gas giants was
obtained. This was the year that Voyager 2 did its flyby of Neptune and as a result its mass was recalculated. The final results of the Voyager 2 data
were published in May 1993. Using the newly calculated mass of Neptune it was shown that the orbits of the gas giants were properly explained and the
need for Planet X disappeared.