If you’re frantically stocking up on supplies before retreating to your underground bunker because of the impending Planet X end-of-the-world event on September 23, I’ve got good news for you: it’s not going to happen. It was never going to happen.
Planet X, otherwise known as Nibiru, was at the center of a widely-spread online rumor that claimed that the mysterious celestial object would crash into Earth tomorrow and utterly destroy humanity, the Telegraph reported.
On its surface, the Planet X story seems about as credible as other doomsday scenarios (remember when the world was going to end because the Mayan calendar stopped at 2012?) but people seemed to gobble the story up. Others connected Planet X to a series of Bible verses and other ominous signs that signaled that the end was nigh.
In a statement, NASA waved away the conspiracy theory entirely.
“Various people are ‘predicting’ that the world will end on September 23 when another planet collides with Earth,” the space agency said. “The planet in question, Nibiru, doesn’t exist, so there will be no collision. The story of Nibiru has been around for years (as has the ‘days of darkness’ tale) and is periodically recycled into new apocalyptic fables.”
“Nibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an internet hoax,” the statement continued. “There is no factual basis for these claims. 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. Obviously, it does not exist.”
NASA also addressed a tag-along conspiracy theory involving Eris, a dwarf planet that is supposed to factor into the Armageddon prognostications.
“Eris is real, but it is a dwarf planet similar to Pluto that will remain in the outer solar system; the closest it can come to earth is about 4 billion miles,” they said.
So, don’t go spending your life savings or sleeping with your ex or anything like that. Earth still has a long way to go.