End of the world in 2017? Conspiracy theorists claim 'rogue planet' is on a 'collision course with earth'

04 January 2016

Another year, another apocalypse.

Buckle up – 2017 is going to be a bumpy ride.

That is, if a small but vocal group of conspiracy theorists is to be believed.

According to author David Meade, a mysterious planet called Planet X is on a collision course with earth, and will smash into our planet in October this year, wiping out life as we know it.

According to MailOnline, he claims the "rogue planet", also known as Niburu, being driven here by the gravitational pull from a supposed "'binary star' twinned with the sun".

In his book Planet X – The 2017 Arrival, Mead details the "overwhelming" evidence for his theory, citing volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, sinkholes, and storms.

"The Elite are frantically building underground 'safety' bunkers," he writes, according to the Mirror. "Heatwaves are getting stronger and are lasting longer. I’m just waiting for the fat lady to sing!"

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Mead is not the first theorist to jump on the Nibiru cataclysm bandwagon. The hypothesis was first put forward by Wisconsin conspiracy theorist Nancy Lieder in 1995 -- and the idea that a wayward planet would one day collide with earth, wiping out life as we know it, spread like wildfire.

Niburu proponents first predicted the apocalyptic collision in 2003, and then again in 2012 (which conveniently coincided with the Mayan-calendar frenzy). And we all know how that turned out.

Nasa has rejected the notion several times as pseudoscience and a hoax.

"There is no factual basis for these claims," the space agency said in an article on their website in 2012.

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"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."

Nasa astrobiologist David Morrison, who runs the organisation's Ask an Astrobiologist site, says at one point he was receiving some 25 messages a week related to Niburu.

"[They ranged] from the anguished 'I can't sleep,' 'I am really scared' or 'I don't want to die' to the abusive 'you are putting my family at risk' and 'if NASA denies it then it must be true.'," he wrote.

"As a scientist, I'm both fascinated and astonished by the deluge of questions from people who are genuinely frightened and, apparently, unable to distinguish astronomical fact from fiction."

Naturally, backers of the Nibiru cataclysm theory insist that NASA is fully aware of Planet X, but is withholding the info to as part of a massive global cover-up.

Sources: dailymail.co.uk,mirror.co.uk, planetxnews.com, nasa.gov, seeker.com

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