LOUISIANA, United States, Wednesday April 13, 2016 – It’s been said that you’ll never go broke predicting the apocalypse, and the rash of warnings and end-times prophesies involving collision with objects from outer space have ramped-up of late, most recently with the “close” passage of Asteroid 163899 last Christmas Eve.
Now, there’s a new kid on the block, with The Sun and The New York Post, among others, cautioning that “Newly discovered planet could destroy Earth any day now.”
According to the reports, a top space scientist claims that a mysterious planet that wiped out life on Earth millions of years ago could do it again.
And some believe the apocalyptic event could happen as early as this month.
Daniel Whitmire of the University of Louisiana is quoted as saying that Planet Nine — a new planet discovered at the edge of the solar system in January — has triggered comet showers that bomb the Earth’s surface, killing all life.
The astrophysicist reportedly says that the planet has a 20,000-year orbit around the sun and, at its closest to us, it knocks asteroids and comets toward Earth.
Fossil evidence has suggested most life on Earth is mysteriously wiped out every 26 million to 27 million years.
Whitmire claims Planet Nine’s passage through a rock-laden area called the Kuiper Belt is responsible for the “extinction events.”
Conspiracy theorists have previously claimed a red dwarf planet called Nibiru, Nemesis, or “Star Wormwood,” which orbits close to Earth every 36,000 years, was behind the events.
Now some are convinced there will be a collision or a near-miss before the end of April, the media reports say.
The reports add that Nemesis or Nibiru was widely dismissed as crackpot pseudo-science — until Planet Nine was identified in January by the California Institute of Technology.
Meanwhile, NASA continues to keep an eye on last year’s Christmas Eve asteroid, which was the first of five encounters by this object in the next 12 years.
Although 163899 is described as a huge asteroid, there is said to be no danger of future collision. Its orbit is well known and NASA has verified that the space rock will not pass Earth at any dangerous distance during the next two centuries.