(ORDO NEWS) — In 1976, in his book The 12th Planet, the late author Zecharia Sitchin (1920-2010) put forward the controversial hypothesis that modern humans did not develop naturally, but were genetically engineered by a race of anthropomorphic beings whose home is another planet in our own.
A solar system that has yet to be discovered.
Mr. Sitchin, or rather the ancient Sumerians (since he always insisted that his writings were based on Sumerian stories), claims that this planet, with a highly elliptical trajectory, crosses the plane of our solar system at an angle of 90 degrees (between Mars and Jupiter) every 3600 years.
The Sumerians called this planet Nibiru (meaning “planet of crossing”).
According to the Sumerians, Nibiru – once a rogue planet – was eventually caught in the gravity of our newly formed solar system some four billion years ago.
Around that time, the planet Earth (which the Sumerians called Tiamat) was a larger, watery planet orbiting the Sun further in the solar system, between Mars and Jupiter.
During one of the early Nibiru crossings, the moon orbiting Nibiru collided with Tiamat. This collision is said to have not only split Tiamat in two, but ultimately pushed the shattered planet, with what was left of its moon, into a new orbit around the Sun.
In a new orbit, Tiamat became the Earth and Moon we know today. Sitchin further noted that if the debris left after the cosmic collision was not consumed by exoplanets, then it was either dispersed in the vacuum of space or turned into the Asteroid Belt.
A far-fetched hypothesis, many will say. However, is this true? Is it possible that Sitchin’s original account of Nibiru was based solely on scientific speculation of his own time, or is he claiming he found a message in Sumerian writing that mainstream academia chose to ignore due to its “fantastic” content?
Let’s not forget that the ancient Egyptians and Babylonians also mentioned this renegade planet, which they say devastates the Earth every time it passes by. If so, could this planet be responsible for Earth’s supposed cosmic collision, and can such an event be scientifically confirmed?
In 2001, after eight years of extensive research by Robin Canup of the Southwestern Research Institute, she pointed out that the collision of the planets with the Earth not only led to the formation of the Moon, but may have helped start the Earth’s rotation!
Prior to completing her research and this conclusion, Canup worked extensively with William Ward and Alastair Cameron, who were one of two separate research groups that helped develop the initial impact theory in the 1970s.
Unlike earlier studies where scientists believed that the Moon was a fragment of a colliding planet, today, when scientists have found that the isotopic composition of the Earth and the Moon is almost identical, they have come to the conclusion that the Moon was part of the Earth, and not a fragment of a colliding planet.
The main goal of the new study was not only to prove that the collision took place, but also to better explain how both bodies subsequently ended up in their current geological state.
For example, scientists already know that unlike the Earth, which is rich in iron (especially deep in its core), the Moon contains very little iron.
This fundamental difference between the two objects led scientists to conclude that if the Moon was the result of a past cosmic collision, then it was assembled from the Earth’s crust, which contains much less iron.
Of course, the latter hypothesis contradicts the earlier theory, according to which the Earth and the Moon were brought together after the Earth was completely destroyed in a planetary collision. The new study focuses on lighter hitting.
Backed up by several computer simulations, the study showed that about four billion years ago, shortly after the formation of the solar system, the Earth collided with another unknown planetary object in our solar system that was previously thought to be orbiting the sun.
The scientists further concluded that the trajectory of this unknown planet caused it to regularly intersect with the Earth’s orbit.
In the end, two planets collided, and as a result of this collision, the Moon was born! However, according to this study, the collision was more of a glancing impact from behind and at an angle rather than a head-on collision.
As for the debris, if it wasn’t consumed to create the Moon, then it was scattered in space or fell back to Earth.
Several computer simulations have shown that such a scenario could have occurred mainly if two conditions were met: a) the impact was a glancing rear impact rather than a head-on impact, and b) the Earth must have been fully formed by the time of impact; otherwise, she might never recover.
The same study also suggested that this impact could start or change the rotation of the Earth!
While this study did not address the possibility that the Earth could at some point revolve around the Sun between Mars and Jupiter, it is interesting that it otherwise confirms all other aspects of Sitchin’s claim.
What about Nibiru or Planet X as modern astronomers call it? Is it possible that there is another planet in our solar system?
For decades, scientists have searched unsuccessfully for Planet X, but on December 11, 2015, Wouter Vlemming and his science team announced that they had finally found the renegade planet (see the Washington Post article titled: “Scientists say they have found the elusive” Planet X”. Doubting astronomers were furious”).
Of course, to everyone’s surprise, several astronomers immediately disputed this unexpected claim, including Mike Brown (a Caltech astronomer known as “the man who killed Pluto”).
However, most unpredictably, Mike Brown and his team, although they strongly criticized the previous statement, less than a month later, in January 2016, announced their own discovery of Planet X.
No matter how exciting these latest announcements may be, many of us who are old enough still remember that Planet X was discovered over 30 years ago.
In fact, in 1987, in the article “The New Illustrated Encyclopedia of Science and Invention”, dedicated to the space program Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11, an illustration was published that not only showed the trajectories of two spacecraft, but also that interesting, the exact location of Planet X, as well as the location of another dead star in our solar system!
So, if Planet X is slowly becoming real, what about Sitchin’s claim that the Earth may have orbited the Sun between Mars and Jupiter at some point? Does such a statement have any basis?
The Titius-Bode law, established first by Johann Daniel Titius in 1766 and then by Johann Elbert Bode in 1768, was a hypothesis that mathematically justified the semi-major axes of the six planets known at the time (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn) and predicted the existence of another planet in the void between Jupiter and Mars.
When William Herschel discovered Uranus in 1781, and the planet’s orbit matched the law almost perfectly, it led astronomers to conclude that there must be another planet between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.
In 1800, determined to put the solar system in order, astronomers began a massive search for the missing planet between Mars and Jupiter.
However, instead of a large planet, they found several smaller planetary bodies, which, although they first classified as planets, were later downgraded to large asteroids or dwarf planets such as Ceres, the first dwarf planet found in the asteroid belt, with a diameter of 950 kilometers (590 miles).
Pallas was second, measuring 530 kilometers (329 miles) in diameter. In 1807, two more dwarf planets were discovered in this region: Juno and Vesta.
In 1802, shortly after the discovery of Ceres and Pallas, Heinrich Olbers, a German physician and astronomer, suggested that the two planets were fragments of a much larger planet that had once occupied the region and had undergone an internal explosion or cometary destruction millions of years ago.
Over time, Olbers’ hypothesis lost its popularity due to the fact that the debris in the asteroid belt did not reach the mass of the whole planet.
What if, as Sitchin suggested, the planet between Mars and Jupiter was not wiped off the face of the earth, but rather put into a new orbit? We must not ignore that Ceres, a watery planetoid in the asteroid belt whose spectral signatures indicate a composition similar to that of carbonaceous chondrite, is the same as Sitchin’s Tiamat (or Earth, if you will).
On the other hand, Vesta, a water-poor achondria asteroid, not only has a very different composition than Ceres, but is also thought to be a planetoid associated with several other small solar system objects, including most near-Earth asteroids.
Is it possible that Vesta and most of the near-Earth V-type debris could be the remnants of colliding planets that eventually pushed the shattered Tiamat into its new orbit, as Sitchin suggested? Perhaps time and space will tell!
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