The internet is awash with conspiracy theory claims that the Nibiru or Planet X system is heading towards Earth, and will trigger a global apocalypse from Sunday, November 19.
So-called Nibiru truthers claim NASA is at the heart of a global elite conspiracy to hide the truth from the general population while they seek refuge in secret underground bunkers.
The Nibiru myth emerged in 1976, when writer Zecharia Sitchin claimed two ancient Middle Eastern cultures, the Babylonians and Sumerians, told of a giant planet dubbed Nibiru which orbited the Sun.
And the Nibiru or Planet X theory claims a mini solar system consisting of a sun, planets and moons is lurking on the edge of our system with a huge 3,600 miles orbit of the sun.
They say the planet will cause the poles to switch, sparking great earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
After nothing happened in October – when it was originally supposed to hit – believers now claim it will be on an approach path with the Earth between November 19 and December 20.
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.
Mathematician Robert Walker, who has been fascinated by space and astronomy since the 1960s has had enough and wants to end the Nibiru myth once and for all.
He took to the Quora debate website to outline his plan.
Mr Walker was responding to the question posed: “Should I believe the Nibiru YouTubers? They seem pretty legit.”
He wrote: “Yes, they are fake. Some are just out and out frauds doing it for the YouTube ad revenue (which can be a lot, thousands of dollars a month for the most popular Nibiru channels, according to the estimates of SocialBlade), or who knows what reason.
“Some fancy themselves as prophets, maybe they predicted that Trump would be president and are so impressed by the accuracy of their own prediction that they start believing that anything they predict is true.
“Or they hear voices which they think are extra terrestrials, and think they are telling them the truth, or they use ouija boards and think they are contacting demons who for some reason can see the future and also tell them the truth about the future.”
He said viewers of Nibiru videos can view his checklist to see if they are fakers.
He said: “Things they say in these YouTube videos and the conspiracy websites may seem impressive to those with no background in astronomy, but immediately disqualify them as people who know about the subject, if you have a basic understanding of astronomy.
“There are many other things they say that are immediate giveaways that they don’t have the first clue about astronomy.
“Indeed if an article claims to be astronomical and uses the words Nibiru or Hercobulus or Wormwood, then unless it is a debunking site, that is a giveaway sign that the author knows nothing of modern astronomy.”
In the hope of stopping the Nibiru myth once and for all, Mr Walker launched a petition to YouTube asking them to “stop ads on doomsday videos.”
He said: “This is to remove the profit motive for predicting the end of the world on YouTube.
“I think it is unethical to reward people with ad revenue for predicting the world will end in click bait titles.
“They do have a policy of no ads on ethically problematical videos, so it is consistent with that.
“It’s not restricting free speech in any way, as the people who upload these videos would continue to be free to say on YouTube that the world will end, just won’t get ad revenue for it.”