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Ancient Sumerian tablets record the story of  the planet of the gods, Nibiru.  A rogue planet in a highly elliptic orbit around the Sun, with a perihelion passage some 3,600 years and  an assumed orbital period of about 3,750 years.

Orbit of Nibiru
Nirbiru’s Orbit

Planet X – (The Twelfth Planet)

The telescope was introduced to astronomy in 1609 by the great Italian scientist Galileo Galilei. Galileo discovered sunspots, the craters of the moon, the four large moons of Jupiter, and the rings of Saturn. Galileo was the first man to view Mars through a telescope. I ponder sometimes whether Galileo knew that beyond the giant planets of Jupiter and Saturn lay Uranus and Neptune.

Isaac Newton is credited with building the first practical reflector-type telescope in 1668. [2]

Uranus wasn’t discovered until 1781, by using a vastly improved telescope. In 1846, a surge in mathematics guided astronomers to Neptune. Over the course of time it was observed that Neptune was being subjected to an unknown gravitational pull.

Pluto wasn’t discovered until 1930, almost 85 years later. It wasn’t until the early 90’s; that the United States Naval Observatory confirmed the orbital perturbations exhibited by Uranus and Neptune.

“That leaves the hypothetical Planet X the source of unmodeled perturbations on outer planets and certain comets, still undiscovered.”                        –Dr. Thomas C Van Flandern.

Although it smacks of arrogance by science to rely solely on orbital perturbations as a means for locating and identifying Planet X, even the latest advances in space exploration has yet to rule out it’s existence.  Clues from modern and ancient astronomy both provide tantalizing evidence for the existence of a planet in a highly elliptical, comet-like orbit that takes it some 5 billion miles beyond that of Pluto.

Dr. Flandern and a colleague, Dr. Robert Harrington, calculate that Planet X (the 12th Planet) should be two to five times more massive than Earth and have a highly elliptical orbit.

Astronomers have been unable to determine the existence, past or present, of a “missing” planet between the inner planets and the outer planets of our solar system.  The very existence of Planet X (Nibiru) is still being hotly debated.  The Babylonians had a name for this planet.  Marduk.  Planet of the crossing.  Home of the Gods.