Scientists believe they have discovered a massive new planet in the far reaches of our solar system that is 4 times the size of Jupiter. Out with Pluto, in with Tyche. My first thought was how could anybody miss something this big with-in our own solar system. Turns out its orbit is 15,000 times further out than ours here on Earth. Way, way out in the Oort Cloud, the furthest area of the Milky Way. Read the story here.
A big ball of gas so far out we can’t even imagine it becoming our ninth planet usually only excites the astronomer geeks amongst us. What is interesting about this discovery is what has the “conspiracy” nuts going bonkers. Tyche (pronounced Ty-kee) is a Greek name for a long suspected companion star of our Sun. She was the good sister. Nemesis was the given to the bad brother that was thought to be responsible for mass extinctions here on earth.
What NASA doesn’t even touch on is the other theory that exists. Tyche is really the fabled “Planet X” or “Nibiru”. That’s right, the one that comes around every 3,600 years or so and rains havoc on our planet. A firestorm will rain down as it passes wiping out civilization. Theory goes this is how the dinosaurs went bye-bye. Another one even claims one of the passes long ago resulted in a direct hit that broke off part of the Earth and thus gave us our moon. As you can imagine, the net forums are burning up with talk of 2012 and the return of Planet X. It supposedly has an extremely elliptical orbit that takes it out to the Oort Cloud and at the other end right past Earth as it circles the Sun.
It’s a slightly different twist on the normal wacko theories out there. This one even has the scientists discussing its plausibility. Of course, they don’t buy into the Gods riding their chariots on “Planet X”, but they seem to be attempting to confirm the existence of what has only been rumored in conspiracy circles. It’s as if this one may satisfy both camps if they confirm it. Scientists have been seeking an explanation for comet tracks being altered as they pass through the Oort Cloud. The gravitational pull of a planet would do just that. Could “Nemesis” and “Nibiru” be one and the same?
If we also have a close encounter as it passes every 3,600 years, it would explain these sudden extinctions if we pass right through its debris tail accounting for the “raining firestorms” that wipe us out. It gives the 2012 doomsayers something else to talk about. Boy, good stuff! The real scientists and the nut jobs all get what they want! Is this just an ordinary run-of-the-mill celestial body made of gas orbiting around our Sun? Maybe. Is this the fabled “Planet X” or “Nibiru” on its return path about to give credence to the Mayan calendar 2012 crowd? Maybe. This kind of stuff will make the Y2K false alarm look like small potatoes. Should make for lots of interesting theories the next couple of years at any rate. Besides, Obama bashing gets a little tiresome when he seems to do something new everyday to destroy this country. It’s nice to have a little diversion from reality now and then.