Astronomers have discovered a new dwarf planet, raising the total number to six. Is Planet X going to follow?
The planet bears the unflashy name of 2014 UZ224 but this is just a placeholder until the newly-discovered celestial body receives confirmation from the International Astronomical Union, the organization tasked with cataloguing the contents of the Solar System and the rest of the universe.
2014 UZ224 is located approximately 8.5 billion miles (13.7 kilometers) from the Sun and completes its orbit in more than 1,100 years. Measuring just 330 miles in diameter, the tiny planetoid draws a wide circle in the vast unknown of the outer Solar System. Located 92 times farther from the Sun than we are, we can be certain this dwarf planet is frozen solid.
Chances are there are thousands of objects of similar size orbiting beyond the Kuiper belt and the farther we get, the stranger their orbits become (relevant paper here). Most astronomers believe the crooked orbits of trans-Neptunian objects are caused by the unseen gravitational pull of a large planet with 10 times the mass of Earth. The enigmatic Planet X. Also known as Planet Nine since Pluto was demoted from planetary status. Space is strange and classifying it is complicated.
While 2014 UZ224 takes the headline today, it is not the focal point. Sure, it might be home to an alien outpost or two, but it’s not of any real, immediate consequence to Earth. Not so if Planet X turns out to be the dreaded Nibiru.
Although Sitchin first described Nibiru (to further compound the confusion, he called it the Twelfth Planet), he is not the author of the Nibiru cataclysm theory. In fact, he shot down any claim of connection between his books and the impending apocalypse involving the mysterious planet. But he did portray it as the home world of the Anunnaki. Since Nibiru means either cataclysmic fireworks or running the risk of being enslaved by our former masters/original genetic engineers, keeping an eye out for Planet X is essential.
Objects like Sedna, Quaoar and UZ224 enforce the idea that an unseen giant lurks far beyond Neptune. Nobody knows what else is going on in the far reaches of our Solar System, where the Sun is just a brighter star.
Naturally, not everyone will be convinced Planet X exists until some form visual proof is produced. And as always, NASA denies any connection between Planet X and Nibiru, The Destroyer. We’ll just have to wait and see. What’s the worst that can happen?
* The image shows V838 Monocerotis, a red star located 20,000 light years from Earth. The weird halo around it is called a light echo. Scientists cannot fully explain the phenomenon, but the image’s ominousness led to it being erroneously labeled as Nibiru.