A video posted 12 days ago on YouTube showing a bright white sphere in the sky has astrologists and conspiracy theorists atwitter because, they say, it is “Planet X,” a mysterious planet which could destroy the earth sometime before Christmas.
The 33-second YouTube clip from Melissa Huffman — the only one uploaded to her account — is entitled “What is this ?#planet?#reddwarf?#NIbiru?”
Huffman says she took the video near the Sanibel Causeway, a three-mile bridge on the west coast of Florida connecting Sanibel Island to the mainland.
“Okay, so here I am out here in September and, as you can see, there’s a really very clear planet that is right north of the sun,” Huffman explains in the video as her mobile phone camera focuses on a circular object between two levels of clouds.
She then demonstrates, by panning the camera left, that the object is not the moon.
“The moon happens to be right here on the opposite side,” she says.
“Oh! Just look at the planet just beamin’ and shinin’ right now! Somebody tell me what it is.”
Conspiracy theorists and various astrologists warn that the video is clear evidence of the existence of “Planet X,” also known as “Nibiru.” They believe Nibiru orbits — for now — near the edge of the earth’s solar system, reports The Daily Mail.
They are concerned that Nibiru’s gravitational pull will soon damage the flow of energy on our fragile planet by catastrophically altering the global climate. The results could extinguish the human species — and probably lots of other species to boot.
Believers in the existence of Nibiru frequently blame the rogue planet for natural disasters and strange weather patterns, notes the Mail. They say the effects of Nibiru have been ongoing since 1996.
In the multitude of comments beneath Huffman’s video, many YouTube users express deep alarm.
“Me and many folk with me have been waiting for this to show up for years,” declares commenter Socrates Raramuri. “Ancient records state that once The Destroyer is ‘visible to the world’, we have 40 days to prepare.”
“It’s definitely Nibiru,” writes commenter Gigatless. “It’s time to freak out the makers are coming.”
Other YouTube commenters address more earthly concerns.
“Please for the love god people, hold the phone SideWays for videos,” counsels commenter hugh cook.
NASA scientists observe that actual astronomers have found no evidence that the planet exists.
“Nibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an internet hoax,” NASA has said in a statement obtained by the Mail. “If Nibiru or Planet X were real and headed for an encounter with the Earth in 2012, astronomers would have been tracking it for at least the past decade, and it would be visible by now to the naked eye.”
Huffman’s YouTube video boasts over 230,000 views as of early Saturday morning.