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Planet 9 Sparks New Apocalypse Fears Among Conspiracy Theorists

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An image of what Earth’s unavoidable future looks like now that Planet 9 has been confirmed. Image Source: YouTube

Bad news, everyone: The recently discovered “Planet 9” — which hides from view beyond Neptune — is going to destroy planet Earth. At least, that’s the theory that acolytes of late writer and conspiracy theorist Zecharia Sitchin are spouting. Sitchin, who died in 2010, believed that aliens from the planet — apparently named “Nibiru” — created the human race, and that the “invisible planet” would crash into Earth and annihilate us.

After astronomers Konstantin Batygin and Michael E. Brown published a paper offering evidence for the existence of a planet beyond Neptune (Planet 9) on Jan. 20, which also claimed that it is on an elliptical orbit (which Sitchin predicted), Nibiru apocalypse theorists resurfaced with renewed alarm.

Wrote pastor (and frequent apocalypse predictor) Paul Begley on Sitchin’s site: “Something is causing the heavens to shake — and it’s in your Bible…If you go into the gospel of Saint Luke, Luke 21, verse 10, ‘Nation shall rise against nation. Kingdom against kingdom. Great earthquakes shall be in diverse places — and families and pestilences, and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.'”

While it is a stretch to frame Luke 21, verse 10 as a sign that Planet 9 will lead to our imminent demise, Begley is putting his money on the idea that an asteroid will take out a third of the planet’s population, and then Planet 9 — once it crashes into Earth — will finish off the rest of us.

While the scientists who confirmed Planet 9’s existence did indeed find that it is on an elliptical orbit, they did not find that its orbit is 3,600 years — which is what Sitchin predicted. Instead, they believe the planet’s orbit is around 10,000 to 20,000 years. Not to be deterred by science, one conspiracy theorist wrote in response: “Perhaps the search will lead us to either finding Nibiru, or perhaps we’ll find that something has changed and impacted Nibiru’s orbit since the last time it orbited Earth.”

Believe it or not, Sitchin’s thoughts on Nibiru’s catastrophic capabilities is just one of a slew of bizarre theories he had developed: Indeed, Sitchin says that aliens arrived on Earth around 450,000 years ago in search of minerals, which they found and mined in Africa, and that those who did the digging composed colonial Nibiru’s working class.

The book that Sitchin wrote proffering up those points of wisdom sold millions of copies.

Video Of The Day: Space Shuttle Challenger Explodes Live On National Television

30 years ago today, NASA’s Space Shuttle Challenger lifted off at 11:38 a.m. EST from Cape Canaveral, Florida. There were seven crew members onboard, including five NASA astronauts and a 37-year-old high school social studies teacher named Christa McAuliffe, who was on her way to becoming the first U.S. civilian to travel into space.

NASA pronounced the space mission to be incredibly safe, after having spent 25 years sending Americans into space, at an average pace of about twice a year. It was because of this level of safety and confidence that they decided to grant the first non-astronaut the privilege to enter outer space.

This is also one of the biggest reasons why the Challenger’s explosion 73 seconds after takeoff shocked the hundreds on the ground at cape Canaveral, including McAuliffe’s family, and the rest of the world as the tragedy unfolded on live television. Not a single crew member survived.

The fateful explosion was, at its root, caused by a faulty O-ring, a small gasket that sealed one of the shuttle’s rocket boosters. Without the functioning seal, pressurized, burning gas from within the rocket leaked out, met with the fuel in the external tank and caused the explosion.

CNN was the only national news station to broadcast the mission, and their video above is the original coverage of the historic disaster at the very moment it happened.

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Photo Of The Day: How To See The Historic Five-Planet Alignment

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The five planets visible to the naked eye will be able to be seen all together for the first time in over a decade. Image Source: imgur

Right now, for the first time in a decade, five planets are simultaneously visible to the naked eye from Earth. This rare celestial event can be seen every morning until late February at around 45 minutes before sunrise, with the view peaking in late January/early February.

Each morning, Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Venus, and finally Mercury will rise, in that order. These planets (and Earth) all orbit the sun in a similar plane called the ecliptic. Each planet, however, orbits the Sun at different speeds, meaning that they rarely line up in a way that can be seen from Earth. But for the next few weeks, things will line up just right.

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