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Nibiru

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Nibiru, to the Babylonians, was the celestial body associated with the god Marduk. The name is Akkadian and means 'crossing place' or 'place of transition'. In most Babylonian texts it is identified with the planet Jupiter; in Tablet 5 of the Enma Elish it may be the pole star1, which at the time was Thuban or possibly Kochab.

According to writers Zecharia Sitchin and Burak Eldem, Nibiru in Sumerian tablets referred to an undiscovered 12th Planet (or Planet X). Sitchin further claimed that in Sumerian mythology, Nibiru was the home of the Anunnaki (Ningischzida). This alleged planet is believed by Sitchin to have a highly elliptic orbit around the sun. However, scientists argue that a planet with such an orbit would eventually either develop a circular orbit or fly off into space and overwhelmingly consider Sitchin's claims to be pseudoscience.

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Notes

  • Note 1: "The Fifth Tablet of Enuma Elish", by B. Landsberger and J. V. Kinnier Wilson, in the Journal of Near Eastern Studies: Vol. 20, No. 3. (Jul., 1961), pp. 174-176.

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