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Did Planet X / Nibiru Kill The Dinosaurs?
There is a growing interest in finding planet-sized object in long period orbit that brings through the core of our solar system on a regular basis, and causing huge mass extinctions with each flyby of Earth.
The names Planet X and Nibiru are heavily mentioned on web sites like Zeta Talk and by talk radio personalities like Art Bell, along with the next flyby date of 2003. If Planet X really exists, then we have to assume that it has passed this way before and given the violent end of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, that assumption carries with it a frightening consequence for mankind.
Back in July of last year, PAX TV producer Gail Fallen called and asked me if I would be willing to present a case for the K-T Deccan Traps volcanism-induced carbon cycle perturbation extinction theory of Dewey McLean, Professor Emeritus of Geology in the Department of Geological Sciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, VA.
For more than 20 years, McLean's volcanism theory has competed with the more widely held K-T impact extinction theory originated by the Nobel laureate physicist, Luis Alvarez, which stipulates that a large impact event in what is now Chicxulub, Mexico resulted in the extinction of the dinosaurs.
I accepted because Alvarez has jealously guarded his Chicxulub extinction level impact event, which included below-the-belt personal jabs at McLean, which unfairly pummeled his theory. After reviewing the latest information on McLean's theories, it became apparent to me that instead of position one theory against the other why not combine them, or in other words could the truth lay somewhere in the middle.
I wrote to Dr. Brian Marsden, Associate Director of the Smithsonian Astrophysics Observatories that I was building the scenario for a TV interview and asked him to help me build a plausible scenario. Given that he is equally disappointed with the unprofessional jabs McLean has suffered at the hands of Alvarez he felt it might be a bit of fun and so we began tossing about ideas.
What was interesting about this time, Marsden was busy processing the early data coming in on 2001 KX76 and it appeared that this object was breaking old theories as fast as it was making new ones. Marsden noted that not only was 2001 KX76 it making it even more difficult for astronomers to come to a consensus as what is a planet, it also proved that something larger than 2001 KX76 could exist in the Kuiper Belt. In other words, 2001 KX76 could very well have one or more larger brothers or sisters.
After some give and take, our efforts yielded what we felt was a valid scenario to counter the Chicxulub theory put forward by Alvarez. I then presented this scenario to PAX and found myself sitting in front of a camera two weeks later.
My interview appeared last Friday on their Encounters with The Unexplained program dealing with the extinction of the dinosaurs. (The original concept script for my interview is presented later on in this article.)
The odd thing about all this is that the scenario also shows that a flyby event could have been the cause of the dinosaur extinction. In this case, the extinction of the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago could be proof that a massively large body is in a slow elongated orbit around our Sun and that when it flies by the Earth every several thousand or million years, massive die offs occur.
Given that the lives of billions on our planet hang in the balance, can we dare to leave any stone unturned?
Planet X Awareness
Based on the latest evidence, could there be a Planet X? Yes there is, or something like it because a recent discovery in the KT boundary layer suggests that something more than a singular impact event 65 million years ago could have been responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs.
The 6,000-year-old Sumerian descriptions of our solar system include one more planet they called "Nibiru", which means "Planet of the crossing".
The descriptions of this planet by the Sumerians match precisely the specifications of "Planet X" (the Tenth Planet), which is currently being sought by astronomers in the depths of our own Solar System.
Why has Planet X not been seen in recent times? Views from modern and ancient astronomy, which both suggest a highly elliptical, comet-like orbit, takes Planet X into the depths of space, well beyond the orbit of Pluto.<<
The purpose of this article is not persuade you, the reader to believe of the existence of an object such as a Planet X and that it could be headed our way. Rather, this article addresses some critical questions that are raised in regard to this issue by those with a healthy sense of skepticism.
This article will address the questions with reported facts and show a plausible scenario as to how a massive KBO could have triggered a terrestrial kill off of the dinosaurs.
The reason is that if something as large as a Planet X does exist, it will come at us from Kuiper Belt.
This is why I have created a new term to describe these massive objects in the Kuiper Belt: Planet X-class Kuiper Belt Object (XKBO).
By definition, an XKBO is a Kuiper Belt Object in a long period orbit around our sun, with sufficient mass to trigger life-threatening global Earth changes as the result of a flyby event.
The understanding of what a Planet X-class Kuiper Belt Object (XKBO) is, begins with a basic understanding of the Kuiper Belt itself.
Is The Kuiper Belt Still a Theory?
The Kuiper Belt (KB) is a ring ofobjects beyond the orbit of Neptune. First theorized about 40 years the KB was until this year, believed to be a collection of icy primitive remnants of the original star stuff that formed our solar system. These remnants are referred to as Kuiper Belt Objects (KBO) which is also referred to as the Inner Oort Cloud.
Beyond our system, in the cold expanse of deep space, is the Oort Cloud.
If seen from deep space, the Oort Cloud would like a spherical shell of comets, existing at the outermost regions of our solar system.
In terms of a Planet X-class object, it far more likely to exist in the Kuiper Belt (the inner Oort cloud), than in the main Oort Cloud itself.
The Kuiper Belt and in the Oort Cloud were discussed in theoretical terms for decades, but the debate got its first solid footing when the very first Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) was officially catalogued in 1992.
NASA, September 13, 2001
The first of these strange bodies, which astronomers call Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs), came to light in 1992, discovered by Dave Jewitt and Jane Luu -- a pair of scientists who didn't believe the outer solar system was empty. Beginning in 1987 they had doggedly scanned the heavens in search of dim objects beyond Neptune. It took five years, looking off-and-on through the University of Hawaii's 2.2 m telescope, but they finally found what they were after: a reddish-colored speck 44 AU from the Sun -- even more distant than Pluto! Jewitt (University of Hawaii) and Luu (UC Berkeley) wanted to name their find "Smiley," but it has since been cataloged as "1992 QB1."
That discovery marked our first glimpse of the long-sought Kuiper Belt, named after Gerard Kuiper who, in 1951, proposed that a belt of icy bodies might lay beyond Neptune. It was the only way, he figured, to solve a baffling mystery about comets: Some comets loop through the solar system on periodic orbits of a half-dozen years or so.
While 1992 QB1 was discovered using a terrestrial telescope, the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) discovered another KBO just three years later.
NASA, June 14, 1995
This is sample data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope that illustrates the detection of comets in the Kuiper Belt, a region of space beyond the orbit of the planet Neptune. This pair of images, taken with the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2), shows one of the candidate Kuiper Belt objects found with Hubble. Believed to be an icy comet nucleus several miles across, the object is so distant and faint that Hubble's search is the equivalent of finding the proverbial needle-in-haystack.
Through this search technique astronomers have identified 29 candidate comet nuclei belonging to an estimated population of 200 million particles orbiting the edge of our solar system. The Kuiper Belt was theorized 40 years ago, and its larger members detected several years ago. However, Hubble has found the underlying population of normal comet-sized bodies. >>
The significance of the 1992 and 1995 KBO discoveries is that the existence of the Kuiper Belt went from decades of speculative theory to hard fact in a just a few years. However, these discoveries only proved the existence comet-sized KBOs.
This left us with another question -- what about larger objects in the Kuiper Belt?