Exposing PseudoAstronomy

January 5, 2016

No Planet X, Yet, Despite Marshall Masters’ Predictions


Last weekend, Trebor wrote in the comments to podcast 109 on this blog that we should be able to see Planet X by now, according to Marshall Masters. I had to dig — I last addressed his claims in 2014, where he stated in no uncertain terms that things would get very bad in 2015 and we would certainly see Planet X in 2015.

It’s 2016. Nada.

I’m getting a bit tired of this “unsinkable rubber duckie” phenomenon because we keep seeing this, and the same people just push the dates back and back and back. Masters was last on C2C on May 21, 2015. What particularly annoys me and why I think that certain talk show hosts lack any intellectual honesty, is that they do not hold their guests’ footsies to the fire and confront them on failed predictions.

Now, of course, I could be wrong in this case; we’ll see if George Noory has him back (I’m sure he will) and what happens during that show. But I would be very, very surprised if he confronts Masters’ failures year after year for predicting when this mythical Planet X will make doom and gloom.

6 Comments »

  1. I claim no expertise whatsoever in this field but it’s my understanding that if his Planet X system is as near as M^2 maintains then there should be some gravitational effects showing up. Last I heard all gravity in the solar system was present or accounted for. Am I off track here?

    Comment by JayB — January 5, 2016 @ 11:34 pm | Reply

    • Nope, everything’s on track, to use your expression.

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — January 5, 2016 @ 11:35 pm | Reply

  2. Stuart, you’ve probably seen this already, from the BBC, http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-35365323

    It includes a link to The Astronomical Journal paper… Forgive me…. is that the one you said was NOT peer-reviewed???

    Great podcast. I’ve almost caught up!

    Comment by Michael Kenrick — January 20, 2016 @ 6:20 pm | Reply

    • I think AJ is peer-reviewed. Problem is, this is NOT a detection. It is an argument based on dynamics of a VERY limited sample size.

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — January 20, 2016 @ 6:28 pm | Reply

  3. Courtesy of a fake news site:

    “On 10 March 2016, the web site News4KTLA published an article reporting that NASA had issued a frightening advisory concerning the planet Nibiru (also known as “Planet X”), but at the same time was downplaying the grave risks…”

    http://www.snopes.com/nasa-warns-nibiru-is-headed-straight-for-earth/

    Comment by Graham — July 5, 2016 @ 9:00 am | Reply

    • Sigh.

      Comment by Stuart Robbins — July 5, 2016 @ 11:06 am | Reply


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