Why no talk of Nibiru?

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To the Editor:

Nibiru and Wormwood are two of many names handed down through history that were given to our solar system’s outermost planet. Noteworthy names, because Wormwood is through the Bible and significant with Nibiru in that it is an ancient Sumerian term meaning “the ferry.”

Nothing much has been written about it in this country since around 1930. Its position out past Pluto made it difficult to be seen by amateur astronomers, or maybe our government didn’t want to scare us. Perhaps both. Whatever the reasons were it attained another name, “the Dark Planet.”

While our familiar eight planets go around the sun generally the same way in varying lengths of time, Nibiru goes around elliptically. There are variable orbital rotations of the sun, from Mercury’s 88 days to Pluto’s 248 years. Nibiru takes roughly 3,600 years, and its orbit passes between Saturn and Earth. So, how close is it? I get asked when it’s talked about. “Space and time are negligible,” I offer, “as are histories.”

The end of the Mayan calendar was published a couple of years ago. I could suggest but close enough that NASA last year rerouted space probe Voyager to take a close look at it. While our government doesn’t acknowledge that it exists, NASA, a public institution, has been forthright. Their 2014 conference on August 10 and August 12 is poignant if not apocalyptic. Their findings will not be published in this country. Try Europe.

Mark Ferrie
West Tisbury