Exposing PseudoAstronomy

December 12, 2013

Podcast Episode 95: The Fake Story of Planet X, Part 8 – Zecharia Sitchin, Revisited

Is Zecharia’s
Planet X supported by
Recent discov’ries?

I revisit one of the classics in this episode, the Planet X claims of Zecharia Sitchin. This is NOT an episode where I specifically refute Sitchin’s claims. Rather, I go through some of the current events (current a decade ago) that Sitchin wrote about and claimed were evidence that his Nibiru exists. This was actually prompted by a recent e-mail that I had received and was BCC’ed to Michael Heiser (who will be a guest in Episodes 97 and 98, to be released in early January 2014).

As with last episode, I also managed to fit in a short Q&A and Feedback, though the Puzzler is repeated from last episode and the solution will not be discussed until, probably, Episode 101.

I’ll remind everyone that I will be at the Launceston Skeptics in the Pub on January 2, 2014, where I’ll be talking about the Lunar Ziggurat saga, not only from a skeptical point of view, but from an astronomical one as well as from a more social science point of view — dealing with “the crazies.” I’ve also actually put fingers to keyboard and typed out the Intro in what may be my first eBook, currently with the working title, “Tilting at Monuments on Mars.” I also plan to do one on Planet X, , and I may finally work on some of the planned podcast-related videos while I’m on vacation in Australia.



  1. Just downloaded the episode and skimmed the shownotes. Looks good. Will probably be listening to it at work. Looking forward to episode 96, whatever that turns out to be.

    Comment by Graham — December 12, 2013 @ 7:24 pm | Reply

    • 96 will be the Star of Bethlehem.

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — December 12, 2013 @ 7:26 pm | Reply

      • Thanks, did you get the email with the Bova Solar Killshot? If not I can resend. Currently sorting out another set of questions from a really bad SciFi thriller (The author refers to female astronauts as ‘Astronettes’, I kid you not.) I might be able to do some of the math for you this time so the questions will be a bit more specific.

        Comment by Graham — December 12, 2013 @ 10:21 pm

      • Yes, slightly behind on e-mail again, though I leave for the airport no later than noon tomorrow which means catching up will be soon.

        Comment by Stuart Robbins — December 14, 2013 @ 10:22 am

  2. Thanks a lot for this episode. It was very interesting, and it was great to hear you take the trouble to answer someone’s question in such detail. Looking forward to the next ‘cast. Enjoy yourself in Australia and Tasmania!

    Comment by Rick K. — December 13, 2013 @ 9:37 pm | Reply

    • Thanks. I thought I was going to do a blog post on it, but I was trying to decide on an “easy” podcast and figured I could flesh the e-mail out, get something interesting from it, and people seemed to like Planet X stuff. Win-win-win situation.

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — December 14, 2013 @ 10:23 am | Reply

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  5. I think Pseudo Science tend Dangerous 🙂 I want little bit took about a Sumerian Word’s “Nibiru”,It’s from Austronesian/Malayo-Polynesian Stock or Cognate with a Word from Austronesian/Malayo-Polynesian’s Word is “Perahu” (Bahasa Melayu). Perahu meaning Boat in English.

    Comment by perahucadik — December 16, 2013 @ 10:11 am | Reply

  6. Look up ‘science documentary’ on YouTube and half the results are about Planet X/Nibiru. Its enough to make you wanna break stuff. I just wrote a piece about a conversation with a poor chap who didn’t quite understand how critical thinking works, and intend to write much more in the future. If you’d like to check it out it is here: http://politicoid.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/pseudoscience-woo-and-its-malcontents/

    Comment by The Politicoid — January 8, 2014 @ 1:05 am | Reply

  7. Stuart, over on Jason Colavitos blog his latest post mentioned that someone is making a comic book version of Sitchin’s material. The link to ithe comic’s sample chapters is below:


    This may be worth some kind of comment in the future.

    Comment by Graham — June 8, 2014 @ 6:52 pm | Reply

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