Nibiru Pictures by NASA?
The pictures shown on the left were respectively taken in May and September 2002 by Lisa Crause (University of Cape Town) and Warrick Lawson (Australian Defence Force Academy), with the 1-meter telescope at the South African Astronomical Observatory. Numerous websites and popular videos claim that these pictures show the planet Nibiru (also called sometimes Planet X) approaching Earth. What should we think about these so-called "Nibiru pictures"?
After some researches, I found out that this photo was showed on October 3, 2002, as the "Picture of the Day" on the NASA website. Yes, it is perfectly true that the NASA published theses photos. However (and websites created by so-called psychics, or 2012 predictions on the Web, won't tell you that), these pictures do not show Nibiru (a planet that could not exist if our laws of physics and our astronomical data are right), but a very distant star located at 8000 light-years from our solar system, in the constellation of Monocerotis. To give an idea of the scale of these vast distances, let's note that the closest star (which is already far beyond the solar system limits, by several orders of magnitude) is a little more than 4 light-years away from us.
Called V838 Monocerotis, this star has astonished astronomers with its very rapid transformation, which was incompatible with what they knew of stellar life cycle. But for the cult leaders and other quacks who were predicting the return of Nibiru in 2003, this mysterious star was exploited as an evidence of the existence of Nibiru, especially since the legend says that this imaginary planet is reddish (like Mars, for example). However, theses quacks lied by not mentioning that these pictures were not showing Nibiru, but a very distant star far beyond the solar system... and that NASA scientists always claimed that Nibiru was a hoax.