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The_Absolute Dec25-08 11:08 AM

Cosmic collision in 2012?
 
I have been hearing rumors about this cosmic object, a planet/planetoid or some kind of meteor that supposed to collide with Earth in December of the year 2012 A.D, and utterly obliterate it and absolutely all it's inhabitants. Go google or youtube "Nibiru", and you will understand what I am saying. This conspiracy has really been unnerving for me, if you are a scientist, or a scientific professional especially in the area of astronomy, could you perhaps bebunk the Nibiru or "planet X" conspiracy for me to make me less frightened and stressed out?

I don't know the whole story, but alledgedly there is a tenth planet that makes an extremely close approach to Earth's orbit every few dozen thousand years or so, but this time (according to the Mayan callender long count and conspiracy theorists) it is either going to directly collide with earth, or make an approach that is so close, it could alter Earth's orbit.

Is there any real scientific evidence to back up this conspiracy? Or is it just a false conspiracy?

Vanadium 50 Dec25-08 11:23 AM

Re: Cosmic collision in 2012?
 
This is complete crackpottery. Pay it no mind.

tchitt Dec25-08 12:41 PM

Re: Cosmic collision in 2012?
 
Quote:

Planet X: The Real Story

Then again, maybe nothing happens at all in 2003. You see, Planet X is like the perfect myth: the outcome of centuries of ill-omened rumors, laced with snippets of history and cosmology. But: it is still myth. Dream stuff.

It all began with a tablet of clay, uncovered in the Near East many years ago. On the tablet, the Sumerians, the earliest known inhabitants of the Middle East, jotted down something that looked like a solar system. Earth was there, and Saturn, and Jupiter -- as well as all other planets we know of today. But hey, aren’t there supposed to be nine planets? The clay tablet clearly displays eleven. The tenth one could be the moon, or the newly discovered mini-planet Sedna. But that still leaves you with one planet too many. Weird, isn’t it?


Next came the astronomers. From the 1840s until deep into the 1980s, astronomy was haunted by a strange mystery. Something was not right with the orbits of the outer planets. Something really heavy seemed to be tugging at the outer planets Uranus and Neptune. Certain asteroids felt the mysterious pull, too. Must be an enormous planet out there, many astronomers assumed. Or several planets, even. This was how Planet X got its name: the term `X’ comes from the early-twentieth century astronomer Percival Lowell, best known for his study of the `canals’ on Mars.

But eventually, in the 1980s and 1990s, the riddle was solved. There appeared to be no mystery planet involved at all. Neither is there some mysterious force pulling on Neptune’s orbit. The astronomers simply had their orbit calculations wrong. But with better techniques, it all added up. By now, no serious astronomer believes in Planet X anymore. Exit Planet X.
From the awesome site http://www.exitmundi.nl/exitmundi.htm

jtesttubes Dec25-09 12:45 AM

Re: Cosmic collision in 2012?
 
I can understand with the reference of Nostradamus prediction, you might be tempted to think that there will be a collision, No one can predict what this universe going to react, I do not think a collision will happen in 2012 it might be in 20012.

DaveC426913 Dec25-09 12:50 AM

Re: Cosmic collision in 2012?
 
Quote:

Quote by The_Absolute (Post 2013209)
Is there any real scientific evidence to back up this conspiracy?

Absolutely none.

It is complete and utter woo-wooism.

Pengwuino Dec25-09 01:04 AM

Re: Cosmic collision in 2012?
 
Necropost victims.


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