It is with great sadness that we inform you – once again – it’s the end of the world soon.
The British tabloids and Fox News have been running stories this week about a conspiracy theorist who has predicted that an apocalyptic rapture will begin on April 23, 2018. Pencil that date into your diary now in case you forget.
According to this guy, Planet Earth is doomed because “on April 23, the Sun and Moon will be in Virgo, as will Jupiter, which represents the Messiah.” When this date occurs, a planetary system known as “Planet X” or “Nibiru” will appear in the sky. By October, the rogue planet will pass Earth and – BOOM – it will trigger a series of global volcanic eruptions “due to its gravitational force”.
So, should you stock up on non-perishable goods, board up your windows, and start repenting all your Earthly sins? No, not unless that’s usually how you spend your weekends.
In September 2017, there was a load of claims that "Nibiru" was coming to swallow up our little planet. NASA got so sick of this mass-circulating pseudoscience, they released a public statement about the claims to allay fears. In sum, they said the whole idea is a massive misinterpretation of Mayan mythology and planetary science.
“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,” NASA plainly explained.
“Obviously, it does not exist.”