Debunking Doomsday 2012: Nibiru

Earth MemeThe “Planet X” or “Nibiru” theory is by far the most prominent in the Doomunity these days. It is easy to see why, as well. It is the hardest (supposedly) to confirm or deny. Just look at the past “Debunking Doomsday” posts that I’ve put up:

  1. Coronal Mass Ejections: These happened over the Thanksgiving holiday and hit the Earth days later. I’m willing to bet that no one reading this noticed a difference.
  2. Planetary Alignment: All of the planets in our solar system are going to line up in a straight line and the gravity of the gas giants on one side of the Earth  combined with the gravity of the Sun on the other side of us will pull our planet apart. No such alignment is even supposed to happen in the near future, much less on 12.21.12
  3. Solstice Conjunction: Happens EVERY December 21st and the planet has yet to fall out of orbit, be ripped to shreds, have our magnetic poles reversed or any other crazy theory that was supposed to happen. It’s called the Solstice Conjunction because it happens on the date of the Winter Solstice every year. Congratulations, this is the shortest day of the year! #DOOOOM!

Nibiru, which is referred to as  a rogue planet that orbits out in the Kuiper Belt by some in the doomunity and as a brown dwarf star by others, is supposed to strike out of nowhere on December 21, 2012. The first sign that this theory too is nothing but hogwash is that the crazy doomsayers can’t even collaborate on what the hell Nibiru is.

Mike Brown [Photo from CalTech Website]

I’d like to state that the term “Planet X” is a bit of a misnomer. As you may know, X is the Roman Numeral for 10. So “Planet X” means, merely, planet 10, or the tenth planet. If you were to go back in time to before Pluto was downgraded to a dwarf planet, then this would simply refer to a spacial body that is as large as or greater than the size of Pluto. This is actually a thing. Actually, there are several of note. Mike Brown of CalTech discovered many (including Haumea, Makemake, Eris, Quaoar, Orcus and Sedna) and his website states that the count is now up over 30 possible dwarf planets (info still being gathered) that orbit the Sun in the outer solar system of the Kuiper Belt. The thing is, none of them have orbits that can bring them near the Earth. They all orbit the same way as planets, maintaining their relative distance from the Sun. Sure, some of them are tilted funny and sometimes they are closer to the Sun during their orbits. NONE of them come anywhere near any of the planets or other dwarf planets during their orbits, much less Earth! Since they all have stable and trackable orbits, there is no risk of one of them running amok and careening toward Earth.

Speaking on the brown dwarf star point, the nearest brown dwarf stars are no closer to the Earth than the nearest star, being Proxima Centauri, which is ~4.2 light-years away from Earth. Should you not be familiar with what a light-year is, it is a measurement of distance used by astronomers. One light-year is equal to the distance that light travels in a year. That means that if a brown dwarf star were on a crash course with our planet, it would take ~4.2 years to get here if it were traveling at the speed of light. How long would it take something that orbits out past Pluto to get to Earth. We don’t need Nibiru to be here, we just need to be able to see the light from it to be able to observe it. Let’s do a little math together. The speed of light is ~300,000 km/s (~186,411 mi/s) in a vacuum and the Earth is ~149,600,000 km (~92,957,130 mi) away from the Sun. Doing a little division will net you with the answer that it takes ~500 seconds (8 minutes 20 seconds) for light from the Sun to hit Earth. Since Pluto is the landmark by which we are judging, how long do you think it would take the light of a brown dwarf star to travel to Earth if it were just passing Pluto. At its closest approach, Pluto is ~4,300,000,000 km (~2,671,896,126 mi) from Earth. Some more division will net you the answer that it takes ~14,333 seconds for light to travel from Pluto to the Earth. Even more division will net you the answer that ~14,333 seconds is actually almost 10 days! This means that we should have been able to see the light from this rogue brown dwarf 9 days ago! By now, it would be the easily observable, to the naked eye in the sky above us.

2012-09-03 12.18.14You might say that brown dwarf stars are dimmer than regular stars. This is true. However, Saturn and Uranus are both visible in the night sky, and not nearly as bright as a brown dwarf star. In fact, Jupiter emanates nearly enough light to be considered a brown dwarf star. Either way, we should have been able to observe this thing 5 days ago, at worst! This is all also assuming that this brown dwarf is rocketing at us at the speed of light!

Still not good enough for you!?!?! Fine. Physicists and scientists can measure the effects of spacial bodies on other spacial bodies without actually having to be able to observe all of the bodies in question. As an example, the Kepler Space Telescope is currently finding exoplanets (planets orbiting other stars) based on the amount that their host star dims when the planet passes in front of the star. We can also see when there is a gravitational anomaly. We don’t have to see what’s causing the anomaly, just its effect on the things around it. Astronomers at the University of California, Berkeley are currently finding exoplanets orbiting stars that are 50 light-years away from Earth simply by measuring the gravitational wobble that the planet exerts on its host star. Those two examples are just to show that we don’t have to be able to see something, to know it’s there. That being the case, the Kuiper Belt (which is where this Planet X or brown dwarf Nibiru are supposedly lurking) is currently being studied by hundreds, if not thousands of astronomers everyday. Doesn’t it stand to reason that one of them would notice if a dwarf planet they were studying just happened to be gravitationally pulled by something in a strange way? Actually, this is just what they are doing. Acclaimed Astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson has stated, on several occasions,  that all of the sources of gravity within our solar system (including the Kuiper Belt) are accounted for. Don’t believe me? Hit YouTube really quick and look up Neil Tyson Debunks 2012. You will find several videos from him stating as much.

I’m not sure what else I can say. The truth of the matter is that there is always a chance that Earth will get hit by something on any given day. The fact that today’s date happens to be 12.21.12, has no bearing on that fact. All of the scientific evidence points to the fact that today, is just another day. It seems more likely that aliens would come here and blow up the planet as some sort of sabotage before any of these theories came true. Stephen Hawking believes we will destroy ourselves long before anyone or thing else will.

AncientAliensMeme

Just a quick thing I want to point out… Some of the largest supporters of the Doomsday 2012 theories are the people on the TV program “Ancient Aliens”. They claim that the world will end that day, yet they’re debuting a new season of the show on the History Channel on the supposed day of doom. #SeemsLegit

Question time… How do you plan to correct your credit score and cure the STD’s that you managed to contract when you YOLO’ed it up for the end of the world? Did these debunking posts make you think about the situation at all?

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Posted on December 21, 2012, in Doomsday2012, Geek, Memes, My Nerdography, Nerd, Science, Space and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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