by Joan D'Arc
According to the harmonic rule known as
Bode's Law, a planet should exist between Mars and Jupiter - some
260 million miles from the Sun. Beginning in 1801, tiny rock and
metallic objects were discovered to be orbiting the Sun at about
this distance. Since then, several hundred thousand large asteroids
have been catalogued, and it is estimated that there are more than a
million 1 km asteroids.
Was the Third
Rock from the Sun Once the Fifth Rock from the Sun?
Stretched out at a distance of 205 to 300 million miles from the
Sun, this band is known as the Asteroid Belt. The asteroids range in
size from Ceres, which has a diameter of about 1000 km, down to the
size of pebbles. If the estimated total mass of all the asteroids
was gathered into a single object, the object would total about
1,500 kilometers (932 miles) across - less than half the diameter of
the Earth's moon.
Atronomer H. Olbers discovered the second asteroid, Pallas,
in 1802, and the fourth asteroid, Vesta, in 1807. In his time,
Olbers thought these bodies were fragments of a planet that had
exploded. Another generally accepted theory suggests the asteroids
are the remains of a planet that was destroyed in a massive
collision. Nonetheless, it had earlier become evident that much of
the material of this 'missing planet' had been pulled into the
orbits of Earth, Mars and Jupiter as either meteors or orbiting
Among catastrophists there is substantial disagreement on the matter
of the "missing" fifth Planet from the Sun, in the place of which
lies the Great Band, the debris of an enormous planet which the
Sumerians knew as Tiamat. There are various opinions on what caused
the Asteroid Belt; for instance, Tom van Flandern's
Exploded Planet Hypothesis
Dark Matter, Missing Planets and New Comets, asserts that a former major planet between Mars and
Jupiter exploded about 65 million years ago.
Van Flandern believes this event is the
origin of the great bombardment of comets and asteroids which ended
the reign of the dinosaurs on Earth. However, according to
Zecharia Sitchin in
The Twelfth Planet, written
accounts left by the lost Sumerian civilization state that Tiamat
isn't missing, it just moved shop. Tiamat is the planet on which we
are standing right now.
This article will discuss two anomalies that suggest the Earth was
once further away from the Sun, suggesting that prior to a grand
cataclysm described in
the Babylonian Enuma elish, the
Earth was the planet which the Sumerians called Tiamat.
According to Sumerian/Babylonian
cosmogony (cosmic genesis), the fifth Planet from the Sun, Tiamat,
was shunted to third position by a calamitous event, one now well
known by followers of Planet X Theory. First, a quick overview of
the Sumerian/Babylonian story of Tiamat is in order.
Ancient Sumerian texts indicate that Tiamat was struck by a large
planet, which moved it into its present orbit, and also created the
Earth's moon and the Asteroid Belt. In his books,
The Twelfth Planet
The Cosmic Code, Zecharia Sitchin outlines this "celestial
battle" as described in
the Babylonian text Enuma elish.
The planet "Marduk" (the Sumerian "Nibiru"),
as it came into the solar system on its 3,600-year clockwise
(retrograde) elliptical course, struck Tiamat, which was moving in
its ordained counterclockwise orbit.
According to Sitchin's well-known translations, one of Marduk's
satellites struck Tiamat first, followed by two more of Marduk's
moons. Then Marduk itself, an enormous cosmic entity, struck Tiamat,
smashing one half of the planet into pieces, which became what the
Sumerians called the Great Band.
The remaining half of the planet, which
was struck by a smaller moon of Marduk, was catapulted into a new
orbit, along with a chunk of material which became its moon.
According to the Enuma elish, Tiamat's original moons were
dispersed, many changing the direction of their orbits and
There is indeed evidence of this great cataclysm in our solar system
today. Tom van Flandern, a specialist in Celestial Mechanics at the
US Naval Observatory, has suggested that the great rift on Mars may
be the impact site of a former moon, the moons of Neptune show
evidence of violent disruption, Mercury was originally a moon of
Venus, Mars once had many more moons, and Pluto and Charon are
escaped moons of Neptune.
Van Flandern finds the retrograde
rotation of Venus peculiar, he believes that our moon originated
from the Pacific Basin of the Earth, and he agrees that there is
probably an undiscovered planet beyond Pluto which belongs to our
solar system. In addition, Hubble recently investigated one of the
largest asteroids, Vesta, and found evidence of differentiated
layers similar to the terrestrial planets, distinctive light and
dark areas like the face of our moon, and a geology similar to the
Earth, including evidence of ancient lava flows.
Sitchin believes that the "impossible knowledge" of the Sumerians
was imparted to them by "Anunnaki" space travelers in a series of
texts forming the basis of ancient science and religion, and was
translated into many languages, including Greek and biblical Hebrew.
According to Sitchin, all ancient mythologies stem from this
original knowledge imparted to earthlings by spacefaring ETI hailing
from this wayward bowling ball, Nibiru. According to Sitchin, the
Anunnaki called our planet ERIDU, meaning "Home away from Home."
Sitchin also argues in The Cosmic Code that the Anunnaki used their
detailed sky charts to group the stars into constellations, and then
honored their leaders by naming the constellations after them. Thus,
the Sumerian god EA, ("Whose Home is Water") was honored by the
zodiacal signs of Aquarius and Pisces, and the "priests who oversaw
his worship" were dressed as Fishmen.
Enlil, the strong-headed one, was
honored by the sign of Taurus. Ninmah was Virgo. The warrior
was Sagittarius. Over time, Sitchin explains, as second and third
generation Anunnaki 'gods' joined the scene on Earth,
"all the twelve zodiacal
constellations were assigned to Anunnaki counterparts."
He argues, "not men, but the gods,
devised the zodiac."
The continent that the ancients called Pangea likely represents the
prehistoric truth regarding the land formation on the Earth after it
was involved in this collision. Over time, the continents then
drifted to where they are now. As Sitchin points out, Earth's
largest landmasses are mostly on one side and the oceans take up the
rest of the planet. Looking at the Earth's globe from a distance, if
you took the water away, what's left is a "cleaved planet," which is
the meaning of "KI" - the Sumerian word for the present embodiment
According to the Enuma elish, the Earth came to rest as the third
Rock from the Sun after this watery calamity. Here is where the
Biblical genesis tale picks up the story, only telling it as a
beginning, at the point where the waters of these two great bodies
separated in the firmament, the waters belonging to two worlds going
bump in the night. Current advances in astronomy have, in fact,
corroborated certain aspects of this tale.
Planet X in
Mathematical irregularities in the orbits of the outer planets, in
particular, strange wobbles and gravitational anomalies noted in the
orbits of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, have prompted astronomers over
the past hundred years to search for a large planetary body in the
outer solar system.
Based on mathematical evidence,
astronomers have been so sure of the reality of this planet that
they named it Planet X. The name stands for the tenth planet, as
well as the mathematical symbol for an unknown quantity. (see
X - Is a Runaway Wrecking Ball Part of Our Solar System?")
Many articles have been written about Planet X over the last twenty
On June 17, 1982, a NASA press
release from Ames Research Center officially recognized the
possibility of "some kind of mystery object" beyond the
Astronomy magazine published an
article in December of 1981 entitled "Search for the Tenth
Planet," and another article in October of 1982 entitled
"Searching for a Tenth Planet."
Newsweek covered the story of Planet
X on June 28, 1982 in an article entitled "Does the Sun Have a
This article implied that the tenth
planet was a twin sun, stating that such a,
"dark companion could
produce the unseen force that seems to tug at Uranus and
Neptune, speeding them up at one point in their orbits
and holding them back as they pass... the best bet is a
dark star orbiting at least 50 billion miles beyond
Pluto... It is most likely either a brown dwarf, or a
Andy Lloyd later went on to more
than speculate that we live in a binary star system.
The Washington Post covered the
story of Planet X on the front page on December 31, 1983 called
"Mystery Heavenly Body Discovered."
This story reported that the
Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS) detected heat from an
object about fifty billion miles away.
A NASA/ARC press release published
in Newsweek on July 13, 1987 disclosed that, "an eccentric 10th
planet may or may not be orbiting the Sun."
The article stated that NASA
research scientist John Anderson, "has a hunch Planet X is out
there, though nowhere near the other nine."
The article concluded,
This brings us quite neatly to the first
anomaly which suggests the Earth was the late great Planet Tiamat.