Planetary Discoveries


The assertion that the Anunnaki came from a planet (Nibiru) whose orbit extends far out in our solar system has repeatedly led to the question: How could life exist so far away from the Sun, where it is extremely cold and everything freezes?

 My answer has been that we need not go that far out to freeze to death, just rising above Earth’s surface would do the trick. It is the planet’s atmosphere that retains the warmth, be it warmth obtained from the Sun, or from an internal source of heat. The crucial issue for the Anunnaki, I explained, was to prevent the loss of Nibiru’s atmosphere; they sought to do that with a shield of gold particles, and they came here to obtain the gold.

Now comes news that made headlines worldwide: WATER GEYSERS ON SATURN MOON HINT LIFE POSSIBILITY.

The exciting news came from a report in the journal Science (10 March 2006), in which NASA revealed that its Cassini spacecraft discovered that Saturn’s fourth moon, Enceladus, spouts water geysers “which hints at pockets of liquid water under the surface.” For that the temperature below the surface must be above freezing.  In fact, even the moon’s above-surface temperature turned out to be 100 degrees warmer than what had been expected! 

While planets generate internal heat from radioactive materials in their cores, the Saturn moon, it is now theorized, may be warmed by magnetic reactions as it orbits Saturn.  One way or another, the astounding discovery corroborates scientifically the information that I have reported based on Sumerian writings: Yes, even that far away from the Sun, it can be hot enough for water to flow and life to emerge!

March 2006                                                                                       Z. Sitchin




An exciting planetary discovery, just reported, spilled over from the scientific publications to the general media. Radio and television stations announced in headline news that “Another planet like Earth discovered”; The New York Times presented the news more accurately: SEARCH FINDS FAR-OFF PLANET AKIN TO EARTH. 

The excitement stemmed from a report in the British scientific journal Nature (issue of 26 January 2006),  in which 73 astronomers, working in three teams, disclosed the tracking — since July 11, 2005—of an “Earthlike” planet orbiting a distant star. The bottom line implication or hint is that it therefore might harbor Life. 

Astronomers have held for centuries that our solar system came into being due to extraordinary circumstances, with Earth happening to emerge in a “habitable zone” by the sheerest of chances.  It is barely a decade since astronomers - with initial disbelief - began to find “extra-solar” planets in orbit around other stars; but even with some 170 such planets found todate, they all seem to be giantlike and too close to their suns, and thus (so the notion goes) unsuitable for Life. 

As both the original scientific paper and follow up news reports explained, the latest find is different:  It is of a planet just three times (or slightly more) the mass of Earth, and only about three times as far from its sun as Earth is from ours; the discovered planet — orbiting a star in our own galaxy! — is thus “Earthlike” in key aspects. 

As I was saying… 

The news, I can tell my readers, put me in a philosophical mood of wonderment. 

It was 30 years ago (yes, thirty years!) since my first book, The Twelfth Planet, was published.  In it I brought to life the 6,000-years-old cosmogony of the Sumerians.  They wrote, I said, that soon after our solar system began to form, a planet thrust from another solar system passed near ours, was attracted inward, collided with a planet called Tiamat, broke her up to create Earth and the asteroid belt, and itself was captured into a great orbit around our sun to become the planet Nibiru.  It was so “Earthlike” that the Seed of Life, begun there, was transferred to Earth during the collision. 

At that time, the established view abhorred the idea of catastrophic celestial events (now it is accepted).  The notion of planets elsewhere in the cosmos was deemed nonsense (now 171 such planets are listed).  All that I said that the Sumerians had known has been proven true.  And you know what? The mass of the newfound planet is akin to the estimate for Nibiru, and its distance from its sun is the about the same as Tiamat’s was... 

It does make you wonder. 

Z. Sitchin 2006