The Myth of a Sumerian 12th Planet: “Nibiru” According to the Cuneiform Sources
Michael S. Heiser
Ph.D. candidate, Hebrew Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Those familiar with either the writings of Zecharia Sitchin or the current internet rantings
about “the return of Planet X” are likely familiar with the word “nibiru”. According to selfproclaimed ancient languages scholar Zecharia Sitchin, the Sumerians knew of an extra
planet beyond Pluto. This extra planet was called Nibiru. Sitchin goes on to claim that
Nibiru passes through our solar system every 3600 years. Some believers in Sitchin’s theory
contend that Nibiru will return soon – May of 2003 to be exact. These followers of Sitchin’s
ideas also refer to Nibiru as “Planet X”, the name given to a planet that is allegedly located
within our solar system but beyond Pluto. Adherents to the “returning Planet X hypothesis”
believe the return of this wandering planet will bring cataclysmic consequences to earth.
1. Is Sitchin correct – Is Nibiru a 12th planet that passes through our solar system every 3600 years? Did the Sumerians know this?
2 Are those who equate Sitchin’s Nibiru with Planet X
correct in this view?
Unfortunately for Sitchin and his followers, the answer to each of these questions is no.