A recycled prediction for the end of the world is making waves on the internet again, with doomsayers warning a planet is hurtling towards a collision with Earth on April 23.
Conspiracy theorist David Meade is predicting Planet X, also known as Nibiru, will show up at the end of April, sparking an Armageddon.
And we’re still here.
At that time, NASA senior space scientist David Morrison told the Washington Post, “No, there’s no such thing as a planet called Nibiru. No, it’s not a brown dwarf surrounded by planets, as iterations of the claim suggest. No, it’s not on a collision course toward Earth. And yes, people should ‘get over it.’”
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The latest doomsday prediction comes after Meade told the Daily Express Nibiru will appear in the sky on April 23 and trigger world-destroying volcanoes, tsunami and earthquakes.
His theory traces back to the Biblical passages of Revelation 12:1-2, which refers to a “great sign appearing in heaven,” and a “woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth.”
“On April 23, the sun and moon will be in Virgo, as will Jupiter, which represents the Messiah,” the Daily Express reported. “Experts at first dismissed this claim when they discovered this alignment happens every 12 years. However, the conspiracy theories claim another planetary alignment, representing ‘the Lion of the tribe of Judah’, will make this time the Rapture.”
The theory of Nibiru colliding with Earth goes back decades — and NASA keeps debunking it.
“The planet in question, Niburu, doesn’t exist so there will be no collision,” NASA states on its website. “The story of Niburu has been around for years (as has the ‘days of darkness’ tale) and is periodically recycled into new apocalyptic fables.”
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“If Nibiru or Planet X were real and headed for an encounter with the Earth, astronomers would have been tracking it for at least the past decade, and it would be visible by now to the naked eye.”
Astronomer, Neil deGrasse Tyson also tackled the subject in 2009, when it was predicted that Planet X was going to destroy Earth on Dec. 21, 2012.
In a video, he refers to the prediction as a “marvellous work of fiction.”