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2012 Apocalypse Myth Exposed

September 26, 2009

A planet called Nibiru won’t be slamming into earth in December, 2012, but the hype surrounding the myth is hardly harmless.


A big cosmic fraud…I’m Bob Hirshon and this is Science Update.

It’s time for another episode of our new series, Reality Check, where we investigate paranormal claims, weird phenomena and science folklore. Some people believe that a huge planet called Nibiru will collide with the earth in December of 2012, destroying life as we know it. But according to NASA space scientist David Morrison, Nibiru is a complete fiction.

DAVID MORRISON (NASA Ames Research Center):
If there were a giant planet out there it would have been picked up over the last 30 years by any number of infrared surveys, there are probably 100,000 amateur astronomers out there with telescopes, they’d all have been seeing it. Well, it isn’t there, no one has ever seen it. There is no giant planet headed for the earth.

And if your favorite science myth needs a reality check, give us a call at 1-800-why-isit. I’m Bob Hirshon, for AAAS, the science society.