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NASA Concedes: Planet 9 Probably Real

The late Zecharia Sitchin, author of The Twelfth Planet and other best-selling books in his Earth Chronicles series, wherever he is, is probably cheering these days. In October of 2017, NASA publicly conceded that, in all likelihood the Solar System has a ninth planet. Sitchin’s scenario of a planet Nibiru making periodic returns to Earth’s neighborhood to tinker with human history, may not quite fit with NASA’s view of a massive body on a vast orbital path, as yet untracked. Yet, still, many of the elements Sitchin said he had decoded from ancient Sumerian cuneiform texts seem to be present in the now favored ninth-planet theory. Sitchin’s hypothetical Nibiru, for instance, followed a 3,600-year-long orbit around the sun, making it virtually invisible from Earth for most of the time.

The ninth planet which NASA now calls “likely” probably has a mass ten times that of Earth and may be twenty times as far from the sun as Neptune. No one has spotted it yet, but astrophysicists say it is the only way to explain all the quirks in the orbits of a number of solar-system objects, planetary and otherwise. Konstantin Batygin and colleague Mike Brown who came up with the hypothesis are now using the Subaru Telescope at Hawaii’s Mauna Kea Observatory to search for a missing giant, rocky planet.

If the kind of physical influence postulated by Sitchin can be ruled out by the immense gravitational factors involved, could there still be forces of another kind at work? The eighteenth century Swedish savant Emanuel Swedenborg, originator of nebular theory—the most widely accepted cosmogonic model explaining the formation and evolution of the Solar System—believed that the majority of worlds in the universe are inhabited, though not necessarily in the same dimension as Earth. He believed their influence on Earth was primarily spiritual in nature.