Originally Posted January 2016
I’ve been trying to wrap my head around the news that apparently a “9th planet” has recently been discovered in the sky—far away, far far far away, somewhere beyond Neptune, flipping demoted Pluto the bird.
And I wondered if the conspiracy theorists and “ancient astronaut” devotees who have been stuck on the concept of a mysterious Planet X (a.k.a. Nibiru) which only drives by Earth once every ka-jillion years have had their collective heads (as the crazy elliptical orbit of this “new” planet would seem to indicate) explode over the news.
And yes, many of those sites and theorists are claiming, with the sort of barely-restrained sense of victory common in those who have been mercilessly ridiculed by everyone from scientists to their co-workers, that “Planet Nine” (as the discovery has been nicknamed) is indeed the fabled Nibiru. In fact, it is the headlining story on the official website of the man who popularized the idea of Nibiru, Zecharia Sitchin.
Now, while Mr. Sitchin is no longer with us, the site has posted this statement under the title, “Is It Nibiru?”
With an elliptical orbit of 10,000 or 20,000 of our years, this planet may not be Nibiru, which has an orbit of about 3600 of our years. However, this prediction of a likely additional planet in our solar system is exciting news. Perhaps the search will lead us to either finding Nibiru, or perhaps we’ll find that something has changed and impacted Nibiru’s orbit since the last time it orbited Earth. I have my doubts, but since I’m not an astronomer, I’ll keep an open mind. I don’t think this is Nibiru.
But what does the other guy who has popularized Planet X and all things Ancient Aliens, Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, think about the discovery of Planet Nine?
They even refer to it as “Planet X”… There’s more coming. I’ve always said, we’re living in VERY exciting times! https://t.co/TyZ4BNeKpy
— Giorgio A. Tsoukalos (@Tsoukalos) January 20, 2016
So…is Planet Nine the fabled Nibiru/Planet X?
Not being anywhere near an astronomer or a scholar of ancient Sumerian cuneiform texts, I really only have the following observation:
It doesn’t have to exactly fit into a certain pre-existing theory or mythology in order for this news to be significant. The very fact that a “9th Planet” was discovered in our lifetimes at all…that what has been “common knowledge” for so long has been officially challenged…that, to me, is what is truly uncanny. And rather than rush to label it or define it or assign an arcane set of “portents” to this discovery, I’d rather let the High Weirdness of the fact of the discovery itself wash over me in undulating waves of sparkles and twigs like a Herbal Essences commercial.