posted on Jul, 29 2005 @ 10:13 AM
First, I'd like to direct everyone to the first ATS thread that covered this discovery (in one of the science forums):
OK, now that due credit has been given to the first person to bring this up on ATS, I'd like to bring up this discovery in the aliens section (where
I think it deserves a second mention within an ET context)...
Basically, an object has been discovered that may be twice the size of Pluto in a 'trans-Neptune' orbit. It's also slightly 'off' so far as its
orbit goes and is making its way around the sun at an unusual speed. Being twice the size of Pluto (possibly) it's hard to dismiss this as just
another KBO or planetoid... as it's nearly the size of Mars.
details from New Scientist:
"An object possibly twice the size of Pluto has been found - hiding in plain sight. The discovery could be the biggest world in the Kuiper belt of
rocky objects that orbit the outer reaches of the solar system.
The find suggests more such objects are waiting to be discovered and is likely to reignite the fierce debate about what constitutes a planet.
On Thursday, an email with the subject, "Big TNO discovery, urgent" was sent to a popular astronomy mailing list. The message described the
discovery of a "very bright" object that was creeping along slowly beyond the orbit of Neptune - making it a Trans-Neptunian Object, or TNO."
Now comes the big question... is this the Nibiru of UFO folklore and (supposed) Sumerian legend? According to that tale (and the tales of some
self-described 'contactees'), Nibiru is the staging point for a race of beings who have, since ancient and prehistoric times, regularly visited
Earth and influenced the human race. It is called the planet of 'the crossing'... which could signified something that is a trans-neptunian
So, do you guys think it's Nibiru? Again, I'm bringing this discovery up here after it's been brought up in the space forum because I think it
deserves an ET-oriented thread as well as a purely astronomical one.