Sunday, July 22, 2012

Nibiru Fails to Appear on July 21 (Are we Surprised?)

Pluto as seen from Nix, it's not Nibiru, but we can pick up rocks the size of skyscrapers out into the cold dark depths, yet somehow a planet the multiple times the size of Earth has apparently eluded all the people who actually look at the sky.

Yet another set of internet rumours have been swirling around the mythical planet Nibiru.

This time the alleged planet (and it's 34 Moons!) was set to collide with us on  July 21.The original was sourced from that fount of all knowledge, the World Weekly News (which, although the link says July 21, the page now says November 21). Despite the fact that not one word of the original article was true (it was the World Weekly News, what did you expect?) the rumour spread rapidly to the very corners of the internet.

The internet rumours had many people panicking. This is particularly reprehensible. Often I and other astronomers who write showing that Nibiru cannot exist get emails accusing us of arrogance. Arrogance?  Arrogance is when you put rumour before fact checking, when you let your ignorance of the most basic science not dissuade you from causing angst and fear in vulnerable people.

THAT is arrogance.

(other good sites for information are here, here and this video here)