NASA FAQ 2012

by on November 10, 2009 at 7:05 am in Data Source, Film, Religion, Science | Permalink

NASA scientists are frequently being asked questions concerning 2012 and for this reason they have created a web page to answer these questions and reassure the public. e.g.

Q: Is there a planet or brown dwarf called Nibiru or Planet X or Eris that is approaching the Earth and threatening our planet with widespread destruction?

A: Nibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an Internet hoax. 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. Eris is real, but it is a dwarf planet similar to Pluto that will remain in the outer solar system; the closest it can come to Earth is about 4 billion miles.

Sigh…. I too fear for our planet.

1 babar November 10, 2009 at 8:04 am

has the idea that there is another copy of earth on the same orbit but 180 degrees off (so that it would always be blocked by the sun) been disproven?

2 Craig November 10, 2009 at 8:10 am

Babar:

I can’t find a link to right now, but yes, scientists are 100% confident that there is no planet in the same orbit as the Earth, but on the opposite side of the sun. The reason for their confidence is that such a planet would have gravity, and its effects on other objects in the solar system would have been observed by now.

3 Millian November 10, 2009 at 8:39 am

1/2: Craig is right, there would be a noticeable gravity well.

4 Portal Fan November 10, 2009 at 10:04 am

Wow, I had never heard about the conjecture that there could be a planet on the same orbit as the earth but blocked from view by the sun. Even if it isn’t true its an interesting idea.

5 John November 10, 2009 at 10:31 am

“The next solar maximum will occur in the 2012-2014 time frame and is predicted to be an average solar cycle, no different than previous cycles throughout history.”

I don’t work for NASA or anything, but it is my understanding that the fact that the most recent solar minimum was so inactive is actually evidence that the next solar maximum will be more active. Any scientists out there have any insight on this?

6 Anderson November 10, 2009 at 11:26 am

Too bad NASA can’t say, “yes, this is totally true, but we are working to avert the disaster and you can help by contributing $100 or more at the following address ….”

7 Eric November 10, 2009 at 3:14 pm

here’s a question I haven’t dwelled on too much…who stands to gain by the earth ending? Most times when people make predictions about such things it’s to gain clientele, so to some degree, that makes sense here (religious groups, etc). But how is a prediction of the end of civilization going to inspire action (ie donation, commitment etc)?
What are the economics of doomsday predictions?

8 Tracy W November 11, 2009 at 8:47 am

Eric – bookselling. Or eyeballs for TV/movie/Internet advertising.

9 Mike November 11, 2009 at 12:44 pm

+1 Alex, great find

Although I do wonder how you found that site in the first place…

10 Mary England November 11, 2009 at 12:48 pm

The Sumerian text does not say that planet X or Nibiru will crash into Earth, rather that it returns near to Earth. Neither, if they do exist, will cause the cataclysm. Read my non-fiction 2012 trilogy, The Ark of Millions of Years, for the cause. I write under the pen of E. J. Clark. Thanks

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