Monday, July 23, 2012
Nibiru Fails to Appear on July 21 (Are we Surprised?)
Yet another set of internet rumours have been swirling around the mythical planet Nibiru.
This time the alleged planet (and it's 34 Moons!) was set to collide with us on July 21.The original was sourced from that fount of all knowledge, the World Weekly News (which, although the link says July 21, the page now says November 21). Despite the fact that not one word of the original article was true (it was the World Weekly News, what did you expect?) the rumour spread rapidly to the very corners of the internet.
The internet rumours had many people panicking. This is particularly reprehensible. Often I and other astronomers who write showing that Nibiru cannot exist get emails accusing us of arrogance. Arrogance? Arrogance is when you put rumour before fact checking, when you let your ignorance of the most basic science not dissuade you from causing angst and fear in vulnerable people.
THAT is arrogance.
(other good sites for information are here, here and this video here)
This star can be seen as a very bright and unusualy big star in the early hours of the morning from the east coast of South Africa in a northern direction.
I monitored this star for the last three weeks and it is moving in an easterly direction on a daily basis.
The most striking element is that this star can be seen well after sunrise. At 08H00 this moring South African time i could still see this star.
Does any one care to explain this.
Venus is readily visible in daylight, and one of my hobbies is spotting it after sunrise (yes, I'm a geek, I know).
On odd occasions I've used daylight Venus to help me find the crescent Moon.