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No, Nibiru didn't appear and destroy the Earth last week

By T.K. Randall
August 22, 2023 · Comment icon 42 comments
An extrasolar planet orbiting a distant star.
Nibiru is not coming to destroy the Earth... Image Credit: NASA / Caltech/R. Hurt (IPAC)
Some conspiracy theorists had been expecting the non-existent planet Nibiru to collide with the Earth on Friday.
Numerous doomsday prophecies have come and gone over the years including the infamous 2012 apocalypse that was believed by some to be inevitable but then never actually happened at all.

One of the more enduring such prophecies is that of Nibiru - a mysterious undiscovered planet that some people believe lurks in the outer reaches of the solar system.

According to the prophecy, this wayward world will one day approach the Earth and smack into it, destroying everything and bringing about a biblical-style end of days scenario.

Some even believed that this turn of events was going to happen last Friday.
As it turns out, of course, no such thing happened - there was no sign of Nibiru whatsoever.

"Nibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an Internet hoax," NASA wrote back in 2012 prior to another alleged collision date. "There is no factual basis for these claims."

"If Nibiru or Planet X were real and headed for an encounter with the Earth [...] astronomers would have been tracking it for at least the past decade, and it would be visible by now to the naked eye."

"Obviously, it does not exist."

Source: IFS Science | Comments (42)

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Comment icon #33 Posted by Essan 8 months ago
Exactly. It's like a doctor saying you need a heart transplant or you'll die in 5 years time You have a heart transplant 6 years later you're still alive And then you claim the doctor was obviously just scaremongering when he said you'll die ......   But to be fair, most people are as capable of logical thought as a small whelk is at driving a tractor. Y2K is a good example of identifying a potentially serious issue, and successfully working to avoid it.  
Comment icon #34 Posted by Desertrat56 8 months ago
Some people made a LOT of money from the fear of that one.  Even my boss had a meeting to discuss our strategy, since New years day was on Saturday that year I told him I will shut the network down on Friday night and come in Sunday to bring it back up again.   Total waste of my time but I did get paid overtime for it.    The only OS/software that had a problem was the banks and financial software.   My friend was a CFO of a Utah bank and she had all the computer hardware and software replaced 2 years before, she was able to justify the cost with Y2K (a valid issue for their ancient cobol... [More]
Comment icon #35 Posted by Desertrat56 8 months ago
Yep, it was scare mongering.  It was COBOL systems that had to be updated to allow more than 4 digits for  date (very short sighted) and most were updating the date issue 10 years before, like you said.  I don't know any other database OS that had that problem except the in the box book keeping software for PC's.   
Comment icon #36 Posted by Antigonos 8 months ago
I was 28. The stupidity of that whole thing and how many people bought into it still to this day stays with me. A lot of its effect I think had to do with the fear mongering being spread by the superstitious about the changing of the millennium. The two became combined in a lot of people’s minds.
Comment icon #37 Posted by NCC1701 8 months ago
Typically NASA:spoil all the fun.
Comment icon #38 Posted by ReadTheGreatControversyEGW 8 months ago
Still good on him for trying to help people when he thought danger was on the horizon. 
Comment icon #39 Posted by Antigonos 8 months ago
Sure. The kind of “help” you give screaming fire in a crowded theater when there’s no fire. Good on him for attempting to spread panic over nothing because of his own ignorance. The a-hole is lucky he didn’t get anyone hurt with his nonsense. Bravo.
Comment icon #40 Posted by Obviousman 8 months ago
But Y2K was NOT a thing because those people who were responsible for systems maintenance took it seriously. People forget that a couple of developing nations WERE affected. And so was the US and other 'first world' nations, albeit in relatively minor ways: Edited to add a portion of the Wiki page detailing problems:  
Comment icon #41 Posted by Desertrat56 8 months ago
Yes, we took it seriously 20 years before hand Except for the quicken, and other financial database systems based on COBOL.   Banks didn't take it seriously until 1998, most credit unions already had new software that eliminated the issues.   But the story was that the computers being used for the electrial grid would go down, and that was stupid because of the type of systems did not have that problem.  It was a marketing in fear gimmick.
Comment icon #42 Posted by Piney 8 months ago
Y2K Alex Jones made a mint with his crankery and survival supply business.

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