Rogue planet discovered: is the Mayan apocalypse coming?

Nov 14, 2012

Scientists observe orphan planet like Nibiru, but it's unlikely to destroy Earth next month

European Southern Observatory

NASA scientists could be forced to confront doomsday conspiracy theorists once again after astronomers identified the first ever 'rogue planet' just weeks before the Mayan apocalypse is predicted to destroy the world.
The ancient Mayan calendar comes to an end on December 21 this year and some believe that this will coincide with a cataclysmic, world-ending event. And one of the most popular doomsday scenarios involves another planet, known as Nibiru or Planet X, crashing into the Earth.
The existence of such wandering planets, which do not orbit a star but instead roam the cosmos, has been widely accepted, but one had never been found. Now an international team of astronomers based in Hawaii and Chile have observed one for the first time.
According to a paper published in the Astronomy and Astrophysics journal last month, astronomers spotted the orphan "in our neighbourhood". It is said to be travelling through space with a group of young stars called the AB Doradus Moving Group.
"Although theorists had established the existence of this type of very cold and young planet, one had never been observed until today," explained Etienne Artigau of the University of Montreal, one of the report's authors.
Despite the spooky timing of the discovery, humankind can rest easy as the planet in question is actually 100 light years from earth and, unless it suddenly disappears down a worm hole, will not be crashing into us next month.
Perhaps aware of fears about Niburu or Planet X, the international team using telescopes in Hawaii and Chile have given the rogue planet a rather less catchy name, calling it CFBDSIR2149-0403.
"Rogue planets are believed to form in one of two ways: in much the same way as planets bound to stars, coalescing from a disk of dust and debris but then thrown out of a host star's orbit, or in much the same way as stars but never reaching a full star's mass," explains the BBC.
The discovery will do little to calm the fears of those who believe that the apocalypse is almost upon us and could prompt Nasa to try to dampen speculation about Earth's demise.
Last year Nasa astronomer David Morrison told the website Life's Little Mysteries that there were two million websites "discussing the impending Nibiru-Earth collision" and that he got, on average, five emails a day about the rogue planet.
And just this week the organisation reiterated that the world would not end next month. "Nibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an internet hoax," it insisted. "There is no factual basis for these claims. If Nibiru or Planet X were real and headed for an encounter with the Earth in 2012, 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."

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ya lol, even if it travelled at the speed of light (which is impossible) it would take 100 years to get here.

oh, that and the mayan prophecy is a complete fallacy, there are plenty of mayan calendars found recently which go centuries into the future. Lame article sensationalising stories to get readers,

LOL! Shameless linkbait. but funny linkbait

As lame said, the Mayan calendar doesn't end. Stop spreading misinformation to increase hits.

links to the 'new mayans calenders' please?

Omg!!!! Is niburu real?? Sorry i am dutch and i dont understand what they say. I hope nothing will happen next month:(

nibiru or planet x has already passed. Remember when the weather was so wierd for a long while? thats when it passed and is gone on its way again.

firstly, the mayan new calendar sez earths demise is 2500ad not 2012, secondly ,this roue planet is a gas planet, it will not, come anywere near earth, we are going into an inter galactic alignment, so large,planets will appear, unknown too us and orbiting, planets like jupiter,these are moons from outer planets, so go back to sleep, godspeed, whats happening on earth,today is all todo with haarp,the elitests and evil doers, all trying, unsuccessfully to bring on the tal mud, the godking/lucifer, but if they succeed? god will flood the earth ,and we all start over, lucifer would be pleased ,because he hates humans with souls, even luciferrians, but they don,t understand it, again, get your child from in front of the telly and stop them from using phones unless it is urgent,this will stop electrical interference,AT PRESENT PRAYERS ARE NOT REACHING THE HEAVENS, YOU WORK IT OUT WHY,godspeed

The so called super jupiter brown dwarf just rediscovered, actually discovered in 1983 by Dr Harrington Nasa whistle blower murdered scientist...that object is the nucleus to the other half of this motor called the solar system...Rodmey Gomes discovered Nibiru in May 2012 vindicating Zech Sitchin...nibiru is much closer and Nibiru is the planet that comes very close to Earth...our binary twin...the dwarf is our sun's binary twin...each planet has a binary twin God Bless the Lion Hearts

So you're saying our prayers aren't reaching heaven because people are on their phones too much and the signals interfere with the prayers? LOL! Thank you for the best laugh I will have today.

sitchen,is a fraud, he made up nibiru, so gullible people would buy his booke and video's, see nibiru truth on lezlow111 youtube, then say your right

uf your dutch, watch,nibiru banned on youtube? lezlow123456

remember the idiot who says, see that wall ,its not really brick,? he's right everything on earth, with some exceptions is made up of sound, and sound is hertz, go back to school, eat your words when you do

im not a christian but you got a nice theory there lol