I'm sure you've heard the different people who have been crowing about the end of the world coming, and they always have a date for it. I think the first time I was aware of people freaking out about the world ending was back when Y2K was supposed to be a thing. They said that our computers would melt and die and think it was 1900, not 2000.  Well, if that happened I missed it.

And then, you hear about 2012 and how the Mayans said the world would end then, and people were doing stupid stuff like emptying their savings accounts and going nuts. Again, if that happened, I missed it.

Now we have a new date! October 15!  Well, this comes from the guy who said September 23rd was going to be the day, David Meade. But now, it's Friday. Seriously, you guys, this time he's not crying wolf, he swears. According to him,

This is the day of the onset of the 7-Year Day of the Lord, or Tribulation.  If we use astronomical calculations and the Book of Revelation only, and no extra-Biblical source such as visions, this takes us to the most important date of this century or millennium – October 15 this year of 2017.

So there you have it, we're all doomed. The conspiracy theorist has repeatedly warned about a mysterious planet named Planet X or Nibiru on the far edge of our solar system. Conspiracies suggested it was hurtling towards earth and set to destroy it on September 23.

But the thing is, who is this guy to be the expert of the end of the world? I like my threats with a little more science behind them. So what does the guy in charge of planet science, Jim Green, say?

It's too early to say with certainty there's a so-called Planet X. The planet in question, Nibiru, doesn't exist, so there will be no collision.  The story of Nibiru has been around for years (as has the 'days of darkness' tale) and is periodically recycled into new apocalyptic fables. There is no factual basis for these claims. If Nibiru or Planet X were real and headed for an encounter with the Earth … astronomers would have been tracking it for at least the past decade, and it would be visible by now to the naked eye. Obviously, it does not exist.

HMM. The plot thickens. Science says no, but what do YOU say? Do you think the world is going to enter into seven years of tribulation and world endingness on Friday?

Astronomically yours,

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