However, the persistence of the rumours about Nibiru, also known as Planet X, isn't going anywhere and the words of whistleblower are potentially about to blow the whole story wide open!
Dr Ethan Trowbridge who claims to have worked for more than 10 years at the US Geological Survey believes that his former employers and Nasa have been aware of Nibiru for decades but have sought to shield it from public knowledge.
He claims that both Nasa and USGS have known about the planet for 30 years but only a small amount of people truly understand the phenomenon.
The USGS learned about Nibiru after this information came from Nasa.
We were instructed to check whether the abnormal climate change due to the influence of this heavenly body and studies proved this relationship.
This information is highly classified and all documents and information concerning its fragmented and divided by department so that people working with fragments of this information cannot understand its purpose.
I think maybe forty or fifty employees have a real idea of what is happening.
Trowbridge who reportedly graduated from the University of Iowa has been linked with several Nibiru related stories in the past but his prophecies are yet to come to fruition.
The Daily Star did contact the USGS but they were unable to comment on any of their staff, past or present.
Regardless, the possibility of Nibiru actually showing up in the sky one day and destroying the Earth looks to be nothing more than an Internet conspiracy. I mean, surely we would be able to see it by now?
In addition, Nasa has attempted to debunk the entire theory with a statement basically stating that it is nothing more than a fantasy concocted online.
Back in 2012, they went into detail as to why the planet didn't exist. They wrote:
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. Eris is real, but it is a dwarf planet similar to Pluto that will remain in the outer solar system; the closest it can come to Earth is about 4 billion miles.
This is unlikely to stop any more stories about the planet cropping up: at this rate, we imagine that we will still be writing about Nibiru when the actual apocalypse arrives.