Eindeloze discussies zijn er gevoerd over het wel of niet bestaan van de planeet Niburu, ook wel Planet X genoemd.
Voorstanders verwijzen naar de Sumerische kleitabletten en Zachariah Sitchin, terwijl weer anderen deze laatste een fantast noemen.
Hoe het ook zij, misschien is het raadzaam om naar enkele feiten te kijken. Daarvoor gaan we een stukje terug in de geschiedenis en wel naar Dr. Robert Harrington, hoofd astronoom van de NASA in de jaren '80 van de vorige eeuw.
In een interview met Zacharia Sitschin geeft Harrington het bestaan van Niburu toe, of zoals een andere wetenschapper van NASA het in die tijd uitdrukte; het enige wat ons nog rest omtrent deze onbekende planeet, is deze een naam geven.
Feit is ook dat in die jaren de kranten nog vrijelijk schreven over dit onderwerp, maar dat het leek alsof er na 1983 niets meer geschreven mocht worden. Totale stilte in de Mainstream Media.
Vorig jaar laaiden de discussies weer fel op met het verschijnen van de komeet Elenin, gecombineerd met het grote aantal natuurrampen. Elenin zou de Blauwe Kachina zijn uit de Hopi profetieën en daaruit zou dan volgen dat de Rode Kachina, The Destroyer, oftewel Niburu niet ver bij ons vandaan zou zijn.
Ondanks alle berichten en speculaties is er op dit moment nog geen concreet wetenschappelijk bewijs voor het bestaan van de planeet Niburu.
Het blijft echter een vreemde zaak, dat na 1983 de berichtgeving aangaande Niburu opeens stopt. Daarom, hier opvolgend een chronologische serie krantenberichten uit die periode.
Betaat Niburu wel en wordt het voor de mensheid verborgen gehouden of is het echt een fantasieverhaal? Wij kunnen het antwoord niet geven, wel de feiten.
Hier volgen de krantenberichten uit die periode:
Spokane Daily Chronicle - Dec 9, 1950 Planet Pluto Almost Defies Measurements The new object for some time was designated by such names as Planet X, the Flagstaff object, and the trans-Neptunian planet. Some suggested that is should be called Lowell of the late director of the observatory since he had calculated that another planet must lie beyond Neptune and had seemingly predicted its location fairly accurately.
The Washington Reporter - Jan 2, 1952 Astronomers’ Scan Skies Seeking Tenth Planet X He says scientists have observed that Neptune is being lifted above it's normal path in the heavens and that the cause may well be a huge tenth or perhaps even an eleventh planet slowly circling in space millions of miles beyond the present known limits of the solar system. "Perhaps in the near future," Dr. Levitt declares, "astronomers will again be pointing their telescopes to predetermined points searching for the point of light called Planet X."
The Evening Independent - Oct 14, 1963 The Discovery of the Planet Pluto The next day the news spread out over the world. Soon newspaper and magazine reporters arrived in Flagstaff and swarmed over the observatory located on Mars Hill. Letters and telegrams poured in, containing congratulations and suggesting names for the new planet. In early May, the name Pluto was selected by Lowell Observatory and officially proposed to the American Astronomical Society.
The Victoria Advocate - Jun 13, 1968 Pioneer 10 Still Searching And it is relaying strong evidence suggesting Planet X or possibly two smaller unknown planets exist. "We have a 90 to 99 percent confidence that Uranus and Neptune are being disturbed, and by one candidate for that is a single Planet X," said Anderson. "It's conceivable there could be other gravitational effects on the two orbits."
The Nevada Daily Mail - Apr 26, 1972 Planet X Delays Comet's Arrival "Intolerable errors" in the predicted timetable of Halley's Comet have led a University of California scientific team to believe a 10th planet may be circling the sun beyond Pluto - outermost known planet in the solar system. Three computer scientists at the University's Lawrence Livermore Laboratory said Friday their prediction of the planet's existence is based on mathematical calculations related to the orbit of the mysterious comet.
Bangor Daily News - Apr 28, 1972 10th Planet a Possibility To make his predictions, Joseph L. Brady, supervisor of numerical techniques at the University of California, used information from previous observations of Halley's Comet, which has been reported since before the birth of Christ. With the laboratory's enormous computer system he worked out the planet's probable location.
Beaver County Times - Apr 28, 1972 Planet X Joins Solar System Existence of the mysterious 10th planet had been predicted before, but Brady is the first to predict its orbit, mass and position, Lawrence officials said.
The Phoenix - Apr 28, 1972 10th Planet Suggested The calculations concerning Planet X evolved from the studies of Halley's Comet. The comet's orbit contains mysterious deviations and its appearance to Earth has never been predicted with accuracy.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Apr 29, 1972 10th Planet a Possibility The proposed body - dubbed "Planet X" by scientists - would be 3 times as large as Saturn and twice as far as Neptune from the Sun.
Sunday Times-Sentinel - Apr 30, 1972 Planet X Will Be Found Soon Discovery of a "Planet X," nearly 6 billion miles from the Earth on the border of the Milky Way, has been predicted by scientists at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory.
The Sydney Morning Herald - May 2, 1972 Haley's Comet Gives Clue to Planet X But Brady thinks he can supply a good diary or "ephemeris" of Planet X's movements. And astronomers might spot it because the planet would move against the background of stars which are so much further away they appear not to move at all.
The Montreal Gazette - May 6, 1972 Beyond the Edge A school boy in Britain says he knew it was there all the time. Perhaps so, but he didn't know just where it was, and among astronomers, as among old wives, seeing is believing. X may take a long time to find. It is now on the edge of the Milky Way, where even a small area encompasses thousands of stars, many brighter than our new planet. It took 15 years to find Pluto even after its location was known. We may have to be patient.
Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Jul 16, 1972 Planet X The discovery of a tenth planet in our solar system by virtue, evidently, of a ripple in the glide path of Halley's Comet is unquestionably a triumph of mathematics best appreciated by mathematicians. The scientists of the University of California's Lawrence Livermore Laboratory can take a bow.
Tri City Herald - Nov 2, 1972 Astronomer's Report X's Out Planet X Calculations "Not so." Retorted Giclas. (Henry L. Gicias, executive director of Lowell Observatory) "If Brady had contacted us, we would have showed him photographic plates for his predicted position of the planet. These plates have been carefully examined and no planet has been found.
The Rochester Sentinel - Feb 2, 1973 Planet Mercury is Visible this Month Last year Joseph Brady announced that disturbances in the orbit of Haley's Comet could be accounted for by a planet even more distant than Pluto and having a mass of three times that of Saturn. Brady's Planet X has been searched for carefully but it has not been found. Like Vulcan, is Planet X non-existent?
The Times-News - Feb 19, 1980 Pluto: A Recognized, Yet Still Enigmatic World In 1978, Dr. James W. Christy of the United States Naval Observatory found that Pluto had a moon. It was named Charon for the boatman in Greek mythology. Subsequent analysis of the moon's motions made it clear that Pluto was small in both diameter and mass. It could not be Planet X. Indeed, astronomers now believe that the whole hypothesis was based on erroneous observations, and that there is no Planet X anywhere.
Ocala Star-Banner - Apr 9, 1980 Pluto May Disappear in the 1980's but the 10th Planet May Be Found Two other astronomers at the The Naval Observatory - Robert Harrington and Thomas Van Flanders - theorize that in the distant past an unknown planet passed near Neptune and gravitational forces ripped off a chunk of matter that became Pluto. Planet X's own motion was violently disturbed by the near collision and it was hurled into the darkest regions of the solar system, where it's probably drifting around, too faint to be seen.
Anchorage Daily News - Feb 6, 1983 Old Clues Spark New Scramble to Find Planet X Recent calculations by the US Naval Observatory have confirmed the orbital perturbation exhibited by Uranus and Neptune, which Dr Thomas C. Van Flandern, an astronomer at the observatory, says could be explained by "a single undiscovered planet." He and a colleague, Dr Robert Harrington, calculate that the tenth planet should be two to five times more massive than Earth and have a highly elliptical orbit that takes it some 5 billion miles beyond that of Pluto - hardly next-door but still within that gravitational influence of the sun.
Daily Leader - Mar 10, 1983 Planet X Keeps Astrologers Guessing They say it's like looking for lint in a storm. Herrington creates theoretical models of the solar system, inserting Planet X in various places, to see if anything agrees with what is already known about the heavens. Van Flandern does the same thing with complex mathematical computations. The astronomers report they are looking exclusively in the southern hemisphere. And they believe the planet will be found beyond Pluto, perhaps as many as five billion miles away. Herrington thinks the planet is of intermediate size, or three to five times the mass of Earth.
ature 31 - March 1983 Comets, Planet X and the Orbit of Neptune The recent discovery that Pluto's mass is negligible compared with that of the Earth has raised again the question of the cause of the important discrepancies between the observed and computed positions of the outer planets. ...but the non-discovery of any single body of this size puts the 'Planet X' hypothesis in severe difficulty.
Anchorage Daily News - Apr 26, 1983 Pioneer 10 Pushes Beyond Goals, Into the Unknown Accordingly, Pioneer 10 may lead scientists to the discovery of some massive object toward the edge of the solar system. It may be, as some astronomers suspect, a "brown dwarf" star, a celestial object that was not quite massive enough for its thermonuclear furnace to ignite. Since most stars are paired, it is not unreasonable to assume that the Sun might have such a dim companion. Or the force could be from a 10th planet, the long-sought Planet X. Evidence assembled in recent years has led several groups of astronomers to renew the search for a large planet out beyond Pluto and Neptune.