Prophets of doom have long believed that Nibiru – or Planet X – was rushing into space and appearing in our skies this year.
The planet will wipe out most of humanity, believers warn.
NASA has completely debunked the myth – but some claim it is a cover-up to keep people from panicking and save space in protective bunkers.
And the recent discovery of a rogue planet outside of our solar system has pushed conspiracy theorists into overdrive.
During the first radio telescope detection of an object with planetary mass beyond our solar system, astronomers discovered that the strange celestial body was 12.7 times the mass of Jupiter.
Responding to the news on Twitter, one user said, “That’s fine Nibiru.”
Another added: “Thank goodness finally Nibiru proof.”
However, the planet does not appear to orbit a mother star and is only 20 light years from Earth.
“This object is right on the border between a planet and a brown dwarf, or ‘failing star’, and has some surprises in store for us that can potentially help us understand the magnetic processes on stars and planets,” the astronomer said. in chief Melodie Kao.
A brown dwarf is an object too large to be a planet, but not large enough to support the nuclear fusion of hydrogen in its nucleus which is vital for the stars.
The object, which was named SIMP J01365663 + 0933473, was first detected in 2016, but was believed to be a brown dwarf.
The latest data reveals that it is younger than previously thought at a relatively young age of 200 million years, and has a smaller mass, so it could be classified as a planet.
Its temperature is also much cooler than the sun, at 825 degrees Celsius.
It also has a strong magnetic field, 200 times that of Jupiter.
The researchers were able to detect the object’s magnetic activity using a powerful radio astronomical observatory called the Very Large Array, a National Science Foundation facility in New Mexico.
The methods used suggest that the researchers could have “a new way of detecting exoplanets, including the elusive thugs that do not orbit a parent star,” said researcher Gregg Hallinan.
Fears of a looming apocalypse reached new heights last year as Christian prophets and conspiracy theorists proclaimed the end was near.
The mythical planet Nibiru was at the center of these fears.
It was due out in September, but its apparent arrival date was revised later this year.
The NASA statement read, “’Nibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an Internet hoax.
“There is no factual basis for these allegations.
“If Nibiru or Planet X were real and headed for an encounter with Earth, astronomers would have been following her for at least the last decade, and she would now be visible to the naked eye.”
The myth of the Nibiru Cataclysm dates back to 1976, when writer Zecharia Sitchin claimed that two ancient Middle Eastern cultures – the Babylonians and the Sumerians – spoke of a giant planet called Nibiru that revolved around the Sun every 3,600. years.
Self-proclaimed alien medium Nancy Lieder then warned that Nibiru would crash into Earth.
The savage conspiracy theory has been ridiculed by the mainstream scientific community.
But then respected astronomers at the California Institute of Technology announced that they had found evidence of an actual planet up to 10 times the mass of Earth lurking in the far reaches of the solar system.