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Online end of the world prophets have been predicting for months the mythical planetary system will pass us this year, or early next year.
The Niribu theory was linked to the beginning of the end of the world by Christian fundamentalists, who believed the rapture would start on September 23 and was connected to celestial activity as interpreted from passages in the Bible.
But with the world still turning, veteran conspiracy theorist Jim Marrs claimed anyone saying Nibiru was coming in the next year or so was wrong.
Speaking in an episode of Ancient Aliens New World Order, before he died of a heart attack, aged 73, in August, Mr Marrs said Nibiru was not predicted to pass us until 2060, giving us more than 40 years to prepare.
He said: “Nibiru is destined to return to the vicinity of the Earth in 2060, so it could be on its way to our solar system now.
“some people believe this is why we have the highly erratic weather and environmental changes that we see taking place on the Earth.
“Of course the government acts like nothing is going on, but what else is new?”
Nibiru believers are convinced the “rogue system” is making its way from the outer solar system inwards, where it will wreak havoc on Earth as it passes at about four million miles away.
They say the planet will cause the poles to switch, sparking great earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, which threaten billions of lives.
The Nibiru theory emerged in 1976, when writer Zecharia Sitchin claimed two ancient Middle Eastern cultures, the Babylonians and Sumerians, told of a giant planet called Nibiru that orbited the Sun.
Mr Sitchin came up with the conspiracy theory after claiming to have deciphered Cuneiform writing on ancient Sumerian tablets.
Ancient language scholar Mr Sitchin said the records showed the Sumerians knew of an extra planet beyond Pluto called Nibiru.
Theorists say accoring to Mr Sitchin’s teachings the next pass of Earth will take place around 2060.
Not everyone agrees with Mr Sitchin’s interpretation of the texts.
In a scientific paper on the myth, Michael S Heiser, a Hebrew Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages PHD student of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, wrote: “Is Sitchin correct – Is Nibiru a 12th planet that passes through our solar system every 3600 years?
“Did the Sumerians know this? Are those who equate Sitchin’s Nibiru with Planet X correct in this view?
“Unfortunately for Sitchin and his followers, the answer to each of these questions is no.”
NASA, and a host of other scientists have debunked Nibiru as myth.
All these dates for the end of the world came and went, because as NASA points out, Nibiru is a myth and a hoax, despite the amount of believers.
NASA scientist Dr David Morrison said: “There is no credible evidence whatever for the existence of Nibiru.
“There are no pictures, no tracking, no astronomical observations.
“I can quite specifically say how we know Planet X or Nibiru does not exist and does not threaten Earth.
“Firstly, if there was a planet headed into the inner solar system that was going to come close to the Earth, it would already be inside the orbit of Mars, it would be bright, it would be easily visible to the naked eye – if it was up there it would be easy to see it, all of us could see it.”
Space boffin Dr Brian Cox has also insisted Planet X does not exist.
And associate Professor Jonti Horner, an astronomer at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia, said: “I’ve never heard of anybody who’s an actual astronomer talk about Nibiru before.
“It’s basically an urban myth — it’s like having a biologist coming out and talking about werewolves and the Sasquatch being real. You just wouldn’t hear it.”