Conspiracy theorists believe that discovery of a new planet is not a good sign. They believe that Planet 9 is a sign of an upcoming apocalypse.
Conspiracists and UFO seekers have been claiming for years that a mysterious celestial body called Planet X or Nibiru was hidden away in our solar system.
But the rejoice at “being right” soon turned to panic because they also believe Nibiru would one day pass Earth so closely the gravitational pull would start massive earthquakes and volcanic eruptions on our planet, spelling the end of all life.
This week it emerged Planet Nine would be about 10 times bigger than the Earth and thought to be gaseous, if the scientist’s calculations are true.
Planet Nine is, on average, about 20 times further from the sun than Neptune, which orbits at a distance of about 2.8billion miles.
The conspiracy theory dubbed the Nibiru Cataclysm has been circulated since 1976.
Then, writer Zecharia Sitchin claimed that two ancient Middle Eastern cultures – the Babylonians and Sumerians – told of a giant planet – Nibiru – that orbited the Sun every 3,600 years.
He based this on a translation of Sumerian writing – one of the earliest systems of writing in the world – which is not recognised by other scholars.
Believers later linked this to Planet X – a hypothetical planet astronomers suggested could account for unexplained unusual changes in the orbits of Uranus and Neptune.