On my YouTube channel, I post a lot of narrated videos of things that I catch in the sky that look anomalous. I have quite a few videos up, and while I am 99% convinced that there is a new planetary body visible (or perhaps it is a small star), I find myself disbelieving the claims that an apocalypse or cataclysm will happen some time in the near future.
(All the videos on this page are featured on my YouTube channel and with the exception of one segment, were shot by me.)
I approach major belief changes with caution, changes about the world, the cosmos, or myself. There’s a good reason for this. I’m still alive. Curiosity and skepticism work together quite nicely in that I find myself exploring many subjects in detail, but I remain unpersuaded by mere pop-theory, conjecture, or even educated speculation.
Because my videos have garnered a fair amount of attention from the “Planet X” community, I encounter people making world-ending predictions fairly often. I think many people believe it. While there is convincing evidence that an additional planetary body has been spotted in our skies, there are a lot of points in between that and global doom left unconnected.
“But BAP, experts say that March or April 2016 is when it will arrive close to Earth, and it’s on a collision course.”
Sorry to the so-called experts, but they’re not experts. No one is an expert about this. Expertise on the orbit of the planetary body or small planetary system that was recently debatable and only just confirmed this year is not possible (go Caltech, you were way ahead of NASA on this one. Nice work guys.) The mathematics of their theory / proof has only recently become known.
As far as we know, this Planet X (called Planet IX / Planet Nine by NASA [I think so NASA avoids embarrassment about their nearly dogmatic denial of such a celestial body]) likely reaches our “inner” solar system once every 10,000 to 20,000 years. It also, based on the Caltech researchers’ work, travels on a different plane in a hugely elliptical orbit. Having these factors to work out in addition to determining whether its path would intersect with Earth’s, isn’t something anyone has looked at.
Don’t get me wrong, there can be experts about Planet X’s history of debate, mythology, or effect on modern culture, but making doomsday predictions without having made this calculation is just speculating and likely not an expert opinion.