A MASSIVE alien planet has been discovered by space boffins – and people think its proof mystical planet Nibiru has arrived.
The object – dubbed OGLE-2016-BLG-1190Lb – is 13 times the size of Jupiter and is located 22,000 light years away.
Although it’s orbiting its own star, researchers believe the planet could be a failed star, or brown dwarf.
The discovery has fuelled speculation that an alien planet predicted to unleash an apocalypse on Earth is real.
Doomsayers have long thought that Nibiru – or Planet X – is hurtling through space and will appear in our skies at any moment.
The planet will wipe out most of mankind, believers warn.
One user of conspiracy theory website Godlikeproductions.com believes OGLE-2016-BLG-1190Lb could be proof of Nibiru, Express.co.uk reports.
The user with the handle Daniel started a forum on the site titled “Has Nibiru Been Hiding in the Heart of Our Galaxy All Along?,” after learning of the news.
One person with the user name Anonymous replied: “Looks like no one really knows what is out there.”
However, others rounded on the forum creator for starting it.
A third with the user name Anonymous Coward posted: “Please apply your mind.
“Nibiru is an ordinary planet that will never orbit near here again and it hasn’t been hiding anywhere.”
Details of the new planet – found using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope – were published in a paper on arXiv.org.
It was found using microlensing, a technique for detecting alien worlds which doesn’t require the light from its host star.
The team said: “We report the discovery of OGLE-2016-BLG-1190Lb, which is likely to be the first Spitzer microlensing planet in the galactic bulge/bar, an assignation that can be confirmed by two epochs of high-resolution imaging of the combined source-lens baseline object.”
The planet is so big the team is not sure if it is actually a failed brown dwarf star instead of a giant planet.
It orbits its parent star approximately every three years.
Earlier this year US space agency NASA announced the discovery of a hypothetical Planet 9 at the edge of our solar system.
The planet is believed to be 10 times bigger than Earth and 20 times farther out from the sun than Neptune – the outer-most planet in the solar system.
The newly discovered planet aids scientists in their quest to figure out the distribution of planets in our galaxy.