Scores of conspiracists led by self-titled Christian numerologist David Meade are certain the world will end as we know it on April 23.
The Nibiru theory, also known as the Planet X or Wormwood conspiracy, is a hoax doomsday claim which flares up online every few months.
Purveyors of the theory believe a rogue planetary system from beyond the fringes of our solar system is barrelling towards Earth.
The supposed arrival of Nibiru is meant to herald the imminent apocalypse and seal humanity’s doomed fate.
But the conspiracy theory has been circulated online hundreds of times before, and so far none of the predicted end of the world dates have come true. So why is April 23 a definite date?
According to Mr Meade the apocalypse was meant to begin on October 15 last year, marking the start of a series of cataclysmic events.
Fast forward several months and a planetary alignment on the night of April 23 will allegedly fulfil a prophecy from the Biblical book of Revelation 12:1-2.
The Bible passage in question reads: “A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.
“She was pregnant, and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth.”
The claims states the stellar alignment will mark trigger the Rapture and the second coming of Christ – sending the souls of the damned to hell and the lifting the righteous to heaven.
The world as we know it will effectively come to an end, conspiracy theorists have warned.
Mr Meade said: “During this time frame, on April 23, 2018 the moon appears under the feet of the Constellation Virgo.
“The Sun appears to precisely clothe Virgo… Jupiter is birthed on April 08, 2018.
“The 12 stars at that date include the nine stars of Leo, and the three planetary alignments of Mercury, Venus and Mars – which combine to make a count of 12 stars on the head of Virgo.
“Thus the constellations Virgo, Leo and Serpens-Ophiuchus represent a unique once-in-a-century sign exactly as depicted in the 12th chapter of Revelation. This is our time marker.”
Except there is absolutely no evidence to support the existence of Nibiru and considering Mr Meade’s previous track record of doomsday predictions, it is hard to take the warning at face value.
Instead scientists have been working hard to combat the online hoax and to educate people on the fact Planet X does not exist.
NASA’s lead scientist Dr David Morrison blasted the bunkum doomsday conspiracy.
He said: “There is no credible evidence whatever for the existence of Nibiru.
“There are no pictures, no tracking, no astronomical observations.”