Did you know that the world is apparently about to end? Several stories, published across the web at the New York Post and Maxim, has the rumors of Doomsday back in the headlines and it’s at the feet of the newly discovered Planet 9. We explained a bit about Planet 9 back in January, explaining what it means for our solar system and how it could possibly change the way we view the galaxy. The planet still hasn’t been viewed in the flesh as of yet, but there are many clues that it exists out there in the black of space. Some bumps in the road for the Cassini spacecraft that’s currently hanging around Saturn are one indication that there’s a body out there making changes.
Scientists are hoping to officially find the new planet at some point in the coming year, but others are apparently ready to say that Planet Nine could spell doom for our planet. Take Daniel Whitmire from the University of Louisiana, a former astrophysicist who claims that Planet Nine is poised to bring the pain to Planet Earth, according to Maxim:
The former astrophysics professor claims the icy planet will knock space rocks towards Earth as its 20,000 year orbit around the Sun sees it go through the Kuiper Belt, a band of asteroids and comets just beyond Pluto.
Fossil evidence has suggested life on Earth is mysteriously wiped out every 26 million to 27 million years.
In the ’80s and ’90s, scientists suggested the extinctions could be down to a small red dwarf star or bran dwarf planet — known as Nemesis or Death Star — that was passing through the solar system.
Now Professor Whitmore says he believes Planet Nine could be the cause of these “extinction events.”