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There is evidence of an ongoing resurgence of the Planet X (also known as Nibiru) cataclysm conspiracy theory following the publication of new scientific studies in 2014 claiming evidence of a mysterious unnamed planet lurking beyond Pluto. The scientific claims were based on observations of gravitational influences on a group of space bodies termed the “extreme trans-Neptunian objects” (ETNOs) orbiting our Sun beyond the planet Neptune.
A slew of messages and YouTube videos currently being circulated in the conspiracy theory blogosphere claims that a NASA study published in 1988 revealed details about the mysterious Planet X/Nibiru with an estimated orbital period of more than 1,000 years.
The study, according to conspiracy theorists, demonstrates that NASA and the U.S. government have been aware for decades that the rogue Planet X is coming with catastrophic consequences for humanity.
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What an amazing time for space exploration. The picture of the solar system from my childhood is now complete, as seen in this great family portrait produced by Ben Gross, a research fellow at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and distributed via twitter.
I love this image because it shows each world in close-up, using some of the latest pictures from space exploration. As we celebrate seeing Pluto for the first time, it’s remarkable to think that this completes a 50 year task.
It has been NASA that has provided the first close-up views of all these worlds. Here’s the rundown:
- Mercury: Mariner 10 (1973)
- Venus: Mariner 2 (1962)
- Mars: Mariner 4 (1965)
- Jupiter: Pioneer 10 (1973)
- Saturn: Pioneer 11 (1979)
- Uranus: Voyager 2 (1985)
- Neptune: Voyager 2 (1989) and
- Pluto: New Horizons (2015)
But science never stays still. When New Horizons left Earth in January 2006, Pluto was a planet.… Read the rest
Is NASA intentionally tweaking UFOlogists? The claim is that NASA keeps cutting off live video feeds of UFOs, per International Business Times:
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UFO seekers are riled up over another alleged instance of NASA cutting their live transmission to keep the “existence of aliens a secret” which has surfaced online via a video claiming to show UFOs blasting out of Earth’s atmosphere.
According to Sunday Express, the live transmission was coming from the International Space Station when three UFOs slowly come into view (blurred, of course) and then fly out of the Earth’s atmosphere.
The lights leave Earth seconds before the live video feed is allegedly cut by NASA due to a reported “loss of signal”.
Clapway reports that the three UFOs gradually move in what appears to be an ascending path. Then two of the UFOs disappear and when NASA cuts the live feed, the third UFO is still in view.
Shooting nukes into space on rockets: what could possibly go wrong? The geniuses at NASA and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) have apparently overcome any reservations they may have had and are combining forces to think of ways to nuke any comet or asteroid that comes too close to Earth, per the New York Times:
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In grappling with the threat of doomsday rocks from outer space, Hollywood has always been far ahead of the federal government, cranking out thrillers full of swashbuckling heroes, rockets and nuclear blasts that save the planet.
Now Washington is catching up.
On Wednesday, the nation’s agencies that build civilian rockets and nuclear arms sealed an agreement to start working together on planetary defense. The goal is to learn how to better deflect comets and asteroids that might endanger cities and, in the case of very large intruders, the planet as a whole.
What do you make of this then? I’d guess that the pyramid is going to lead to even more conspiracy theories than the face on Mars… Metro has the story of NASA’s controversial photos:
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A NASA probe orbiting the dwarf planet Ceres has sighted a weird, three-mile-high ‘pyramid’ on the surface – just hours after a similar structure on Mars came to light.
The discovery has – naturally – sparked completely unfounded speculation that the structure on the dwarf planet has been made by extraterrestrials.
Note: the fact that Ceres is a dwarf planet does NOT mean there are any dwarves there.
Instead, it’s believed that the strange object is a three-mile-high mountain, roughly the size of Mont Blanc.
The Dawn spacecraft, driven by a Star Trek-style ion drive, is orbiting Ceres for the first time and sending back the first-ever clear images of its surface.
Bottom line: the Earth is running out of water.
Two new NASA studies led by researchers from the University of California Irvine and published Tuesday show that the depletion of global groundwater resources, due to the dueling impacts of global warming and growing human demand, has caused the world’s water supply to drop to dangerous levels.
The first report compares statistical analysis of water withdrawal to GRACE satellite analysis, which measures variations in gravity on the Earth’s surface, between January 2003 and December 2013. The study compares the difference between the use and availability of these resources to determine the amount of overall renewable groundwater stress, or RGS.
According to the findings, at 21 of the 37 largest aquifers, water is being drained at a greater rate than it is being naturally replenished, 13 of which fell into the most troubled category.… Read the rest
“Asteroid Impact Will Destroy Civilization This September”: That’s the headline from UK tabloid The Mirror, attributing it to “conspiracy theorists, ” making sure to drop in key words like “illuminati” and “New World Order”:
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Conspiracy theorists are predicting a cataclysmic climate event which will destroy civilisation – in just three months’ time.
End-of-time predictors on various blogs and websites have come up with the period between September 22-28 as the likely time frame for the impending catastrophe.
Many biblical theorists maintain the events will trigger the Rapture and the start of a seven-year-tribulation.
These theories, which are restricted to tiny minority of churches and groups, have been dismissed by scientists and are thought to be well wide of the mark.
Fortunately for us, almost all asteroids are destroyed due to the extreme atmospheric friction heating they receive, breaking up into harmless shards that burn up before hitting the ground.
NASA has made asteroid detection a high priority.
For people of a certain age, the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster is one of those events where one remembers where they were and what they were doing, not unlike JFK’s assassination or the morning of September 11, 2001.
It was the worst space program disaster since Apollo 1, resulting in the deaths of all astronauts aboard the Challenger. Or so we have been led to believe.
The official details of the disaster are fairly straight forward, as the Wikipedia entry attests:
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The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster occurred on January 28, 1986, when the NASA Space Shuttle orbiter Challenger (OV-099) (mission STS-51-L) broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, leading to the deaths of its seven crew members, which included five NASA astronauts and two payload specialists. The spacecraft disintegrated over the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Florida at 11:38 EST (16:38 UTC).
Iconic images of astronomical pillars of gas and dust, views of galaxies soon after they were formed, an accelerating universe driven by Dark Energy… “give us more!” say the public and the taxpayers. The Hubble Space Telescope is undoubtedly one of the most popular science projects today. It was not always thus.
Laying the groundwork
With its origins dating back to a time when almost all astronomers used photographic plates to record images at ground-based telescopes, the idea of an ambitious and expensive observatory in space was not a popular one.
The most influential astronomers of the 1960s thought it better to spend the money on 15 copies of the 200-inch giant on Palomar Mountain, rather than gamble all on a single telescope in space that was not as large.
The cynic in me says NASA has probably already found evidence of alien life but it will take 10 to 20 years to persuade the US Government to let them reveal it… Popular Science reports on the surprisingly forthright statement from Ellen Stofan, NASA’s Chief Scientist:
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NASA is certain: We’re not alone in this universe.
Speaking at a public panel on Tuesday in Washington D.C., NASA scientists discussed the likelihood of finding organic life in our solar system. Given the surprising number of oceans residing throughout our celestial home, they say “it’s definitely not an if, it’s a when.”
“I believe we are going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth in the next decade and definitive evidence in the next 10 to 20 years,” Ellen Stofan, NASA’s Chief Scientist, said at the panel.
Of course, the space agency isn’t talking about deadly xenomorphs or intelligent beings that can take on the personas of hot teenagers.