A RESPECTED astronomer sensationally suggested NASA has been covering up the existence of a second sun in our solar system and the fabled Nibiru planet, during a live broadcast.
Conspiracy theory websites have gone into overload following comments made by seasoned astronomer Paul Cox during a live broadcast of Mercury transiting the sun.
Mr Cox, a presenter for the respected online Slooh Telescope channel, which broadcasts live shows to coincide with significant astronomical events, made the comments as Mercury was filmed as a tiny dot passing over the surface of our sun.
Nibiru, or Planet X, is an alleged huge planet with a vast orbit, that conspiracy theorists claim will one day pass so close to Earth that its gravitational pull could break havoc on our planet, triggering earthquakes and other catastrophic events.
Believers of the conspiracy claimed they were right earlier after NASA announced there was a new planet, nine times the size of Earth, lurking at the edge of our solar system.
Now, Mr Cox’s remarks have added to the belief it is real.
Speaking about the view from the telescope, which showed the Sun and Mercury to the left, and part of another large glowing shape to the right, which some viewers thought was just the sun being reflected, he said: “You can see there, the sun is on the left.
“You can see the small black dot…that is Mercury.
“Now you may be asking yourself what is that large round thing to the right of our sun.
“That’s our second sun. I don’t know if you knew that we had a second sun but there it is.
“It’s normally hidden from view. NASA and other organisations, they usually hide that stuff away from us, but there it is. It is true.
A subtitle also appeared saying “second sun?” Another added “NASA cover up?”
Later, speaking about another frame which showed just a glow to the right of the sun, he added: “Oh wow, can you see that mysterious glow on the right hand side?
“Do you think it is the mysterious planet Nibiru, maybe appearing in these live shots.
“We don’t cover up stuff like NASA does.”
Some viewers suggested Mr Cox and the channel were just joking with them, but others saw him as having a “David Icke moment”, like when the former BBC1 Grandstand presenter came out as “The son of Godhead” on chatshow Wogan in 1991.
Regardless of how he made the remarks, it has prompted a flurry of conspiracy theory YouTube videos suggesting Nibiru is about to make its pass.