I saw this post on Facebook this morning and honestly could not believe what I was reading. I am amazed at how uninformed and misinformed people truly are.
Ok, so let me run down the list and explain all of those and how wrong each actually is.
In no particular order here goes:
First up, Planet X. Planet X was at one point the designation for Pluto, since then it has been used for the dwarf planets of Quar, Xion, and 2 others. All if these dwarf planets are 30+ AUs (Astronomical Unit). There has not been anything with the designation of Planet X in the scientific community in more than 10 years. Planet X is a generic term used by astronomers over the past century for any unknown or hypothesized planets beyond Pluto.
The term “Heavy Mass Object” is vague and not remotely a preferred scientific term. But it does vaguely refer to a large (generally bigger than 5 miles across) object hanging out in space. While its true that there are hundreds of thousands of these objects flying around our solar system, almost all of them get caught by Jupiter or the moon. Any that would be big enough to do real damage we would notice a month or more in advance. Since NASA and the scientific community haven’t mentioned anything (I have some connections) it’s not likely that will happen in the next 2 weeks.
Nibiru… That’s a myth. It does not exist. Many people confuse it with Eris. Eris is an actual, newly discovered dwarf planet, a little larger than Pluto but farther away. By conflating these, some were claiming that NASA had found Nibiru or that Eris was going to fly past Earth in 2012. Which is simply not true. Eris’ orbit is elliptical but still mostly round and is out beyond Varuna.
(For those wondering there are 8 planets and 53 known dwarf planets in our solar system. All of which have defined orbits.)
Next… Brown dwarf stars… So if you don’t know what a dwarf star is they are objects with more gravitational pull that several times our star (the sun). A teaspoon of dwarf star material dropped on our planet would tear through the planet and start sucking in the material around it. The gravitational wake of a dwarf star passing near our star system would affect the orbits of everything near by and would be noticed (even if it’s a brown dwarf star emitting little to no light long before it got close enough to do damage)
World War 3 would be the only possibility on your list. And while a possibility, we are to the point now where the economies of the world are so intertwined it is rapidly becoming severely stupid to try to have a war as economically it would be as much if not more damaging to the country that started it. So again, possible but becoming more unlikely as time progresses.
- Dwarf planet beyond Pluto is small and barren (cbsnews.com)
- Dwarf planet Makemake laid bare (bbc.co.uk)
- Dwarf Planets (planets.org.uk)