Observers take picture during a blood moon rising in Shanghai.
Observers take picture during a blood moon rising in Shanghai.Reuters File
Observers take picture during a blood moon rising in Shanghai.Reuters File

A conspiracy theory claimed that a huge planet Nibiru would destroy Earth in the coming days. However, the tabloid Independent has debunked the theory reporting it as "entirely fictional."

Conspiracy theorists predicted that a huge planet called Nibiru, or Planet X, is coming close to Earth and will wreak havoc on the planet. The theorists predicted the doomsday based on a YouTube video. The video claims to capture the planet Nibiru that is on its way to destroy Earth, but the tabloid said that the video does not show that.

"There were supposed to be two blood moons, this year, one on March 23, and another is due on September 16," the YouTube video Uploader explained. This is supposed to be a rare event, however, in 2016, we have had two and another is not supposed to arrive until mid-September," the YouTube video uploader said.

"This will show you the real reason why the moon has turned a blood red. It is because planet Nibiru was next to it and casting its red shadow upon the moon. I know a lot of you naysayers will say this is a lens flare, but save your comments for another time as this is a stationary object next to the moon, there is absolutely no doubt about it."

Debunking the theory, the tabloid reported that the video is false and the light visible in the footage is a flare from the sun. Calling it an internet hoax, the tabloid explained that astronomers would have spotted the planet if it was on its way to destroy Earth.

In 2012, a similar hoax went viral, but NASA dismissed the reports back then. In a statement, NASA said that Nibiru or Planet X were not real.

"Nibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an Internet hoax. There is no factual basis for these claims. 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. Obviously, it does not exist," NASA said in a statement in 2012.

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