The planet and its inhabitants have very little left to enjoy. In fact, it would be a matter of hours.
In the absence of one, two threats loom the unexpected arrival of the planet Nibiru and a strange conjunction in the sky that heralds the end of days.
This for those who like almost every year believes or are frightened by different threats that spread through the internet and social networks, a situation fueled by the lack of information.
What do these bad-looking birds announce? Circulate versions about the end of the world because the 10 plagues announced by the Bible arrive.
They refer to an astronomical situation this Saturday, which they take as extraordinary. It is another Biblical sign that would come with the entrance of the Sun to Virgo, the Moon at its feet, several planets and the stars regents of that constellation. Then the 10 plagues that would end life would come.
Other messages quote David Meade’s book, Planet X, the Arrival in 2017, but they postpone the end of October until October.
Meade has said over and over again that planet X, Nibiru, will come and hit the Earth, destroying everything.
Is all that true? The subject must be analyzed in parts, without ignoring that the Earth is not safe from an external threat or from what moves inside. There are several risks, but not these (see boxes).
The supposed planet X, Nibiru, so named when still Pluto was considered a planet by the International Astronomical Union (now a dwarf or smaller planet) is still sought by astronomers.
The alarmist hypothesis is that this planet goes around the Sun every 3,600 years and is approaching an inescapable mortal shock with Earth. But there are several problems. Neither the most sophisticated telescopes have been able to find that errant celestial body that, if it exists, and if it moves so close to the Earth, would have destabilized already the whole Solar System.
Not that there are no wandering planets, some calculations like those presented by Neil de Grasse Tyson suggest that there could be hundreds or billions of them in our galaxy. They are planets that were expelled from the system where they were born by some gravitational force or were born outside a solar system.
That hypothetical planet gained momentum since early in 2015, Caltech astronomers Mike Brown and Konstantin Batygin presented evidence that there might be what they called planet nine. It would have, say, 10 terrestrial masses and would orbit 20 times as far from the Sun as Neptune, completing an orbit between 10,000 and 20,000 years. So far no one has found it.
Remember that since 2012, almost every year NASA has had to write on its website that “if Nibiru or planet X was real and came to an encounter with the Earth, astronomers would have tracked it during the last decade and today would be visible to the naked eye. Obviously, it does not exist. ”
In EarthSky, professor of astronomy Christopher M. Graney said that a reader of The Catholic Astronomer the blog of the Vatican Observatory, called it strange because it only spoke of black holes and nothing of the ‘reunion’ celestial of 23 September.
On the internet, a quote from the book of the Revelation of the Bible circulates: “A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. And being on tape, she cried out in labor pains, in the anguish of childbirth. And there appeared another sign in heaven: behold a great scarlet dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven diadems; and his tail dragged the third part of the stars of heaven, and cast them upon the earth.”
And yes, on September 23 the Sun will be in Virgo (a woman clothed with the Sun), the Moon at its feet, the nine stars of Leo and three planets (Mercury, Venus, and Mars), with Jupiter in the center of Virgo.
But the expert clarifies: First, each year the Sun passes through each of the constellations. In September Virgo. The Moon also, and one or two days each year coincide in this constellation, a very common situation. Leo’s nine stars are the brightest, outlining form, but that constellation has many more. So with the 12 Virgo.
How to explain the presence of the three planets in the head of Virgo and Jupiter in its center? It does not happen every year, but it’s not strange. Jupiter is an orbit in something less than 12 years, so that ‘meeting’ is not unusual.
In Internet several pages mention that the conjunction of all these stars occurs every 7,000 years. Others argue that this time is unique.
That disposition of stars occurred, Graney cites, in the months of September 1827, 1483, 1293 and 1056. He analyzed the last 1,000 years.
They are not the only ‘threats’ or signs circulating on the internet in recent weeks. One more are the huge invasions of lobsters on the south of Russia since the end of July, true swarms that created terror.
Only that happens every year and the world has not ended so the phenomenon is increasingly followed, a situation that is attributed to climate change.
Neither an eclipse nor a series of stars in Virgo nor a surprise planet Nibiru are any threat to Earth and life, as can be other phenomena or events.
A massive asteroid or comet, the eruption of a supervolcano or a near-stellar explosion, and even global warming are more direct threats to humanity, in addition to a possible nuclear war. For now we are sure, but the Earth is not eternal. If any of these threats ends, the death of the Sun does, but it will take billions of years.
Sources: BBC, EarthSky, Max Planck Institute, Nasa, Nature, NRAO, Universe Today.