In case you haven’t heard of “Planet X,” it’s a notorious piece on Paleobabble that was derived from Zecharia Sitchin’s 12th planet Nibiru nonsense. However, Planet X has since taken on a (fake) life of its own, so that the idea cannot be equated with Sitchin’s ancient astronaut fairy tales. It’s since been married to the Mayan 2012 buffoonery and other conspiracy thinking about astronomy.
I’d encourage all readers to check out the Pseudo-Astronomy podcast for its series (now five parts) on “The Fake Story of Planet X.” Good stuff.
I just wanted to alert readers to this page on the NASA astrobiology website. It’s a Q&A regarding the 2012 hysteria. The page answers the questions that the more conspiratorially-minded think are “gotchas” that really aren’t. Very worthwhile. (Thanks to Guy for the heads up!)
You’ll notice that one of the links the NASA people refer people to is my site debunking Zecharia’ Sitchin’s Nibiru nonsense. Nice to get the love!
Wouldn’t surprise me, but I’d just say it was hopelessly misinterpreted and used as archaeoporn. No translation from any authority at any time has an apocalypse predicted. The calendar just ends.
What a bummer. I’m going to file this one under my “if only I were God for a day.” I’d use my phenomenal cosmic powers to have a mass public removal of all 2012 doomsday books from bookstores all over the world, complete with public renunciation of this idiocy.
Read about the 2012 boo-boo here.