Robert Harrington

The Alien Question: An Expanded Perspective
by Neil Freer

A key underpinning of the Sitchin paradigm is the existence, now or in the past, of the tenth planet in our solar system, the home planet of the Anunnaki with the size, orbit, characteristics described, as Sitchin has demonstrated, in the Enuma Elish and corroborated by Harrington.

Tombaugh discovered Pluto in 1930. Christie, of the U.S. Naval Observatory, discovered Charon, Pluto's moon, in 1978. The characteristics of Pluto derivable from the nature of Charon demonstrated that there must still be a large planet undiscovered because Pluto could not be the cause of the residuals, the "wobbles" in the orbital paths of Uranus and Neptune clearly identifiable. The IRAS (Infrared Astronomical Satellite), during '83 -'84, produced observations of a tenth planet so robust that one of the astronomers on the project said that "all that remains is to name it" - from which point the information has become curiously guarded. In 1992 Harrington and Van Flandern of the Naval Observatory, working with all the information they had at hand, published their findings and opinion that there is, indeed, a tenth planet, even calling it an "intruder" planet. Andersen of JPL later publicly expressed his belief that it could possibly be verified any time. The search was narrowed to the southern skies, below the ecliptic. Harrington invited Sitchin, having read his book and translations of the Enuma Elish, to a meeting at his office and they correlated the current findings with the ancient records and Harrington acknowledged the detail of the ancient records while indicating where the tenth planet may now be in the solar system.

It is the opinion of this author that, in light of the evidence already obtained through the use of the Pioneer 10 and 11 and two Voyager space craft, the Infrared Imaging Satellite (IRAS, `83-84) and the data available to Harrington when consulting with Sitchin that the search has already been accomplished, in fact that the planet has already been found. It is interesting that Harrington dispatched an appropriate telescope to Black Birch, New Zealand to get a visual confirmation, based on the data leading to the expectation that it would be below the ecliptic in the southern skies at this point in its orbit. On Harrington's early death the scope was immediately called back - as one observer noted, "almost before he was cold". To acknowledge a tenth planet is to open up the possibility of the Anunnaki's existence. The reason for the downplaying of the data, the difficulty of obtaining it, the performance of the scientists publicly speaking about it, all have the same flavor as the Air Force's handling of the Roswell matter.

Robert Harrington used to be the head of the Naval Observatory. As a supporter of Zecharia Sitchin's work, I happened to purchase a video containing a discussion between Sitchin and Harrington, called Are We Alone? It is available from for about $18. I was astonished when I saw Dr. Harrington speaking with Sitchin in his office. In this video, Dr. Harrinton confirms that he has read Sitchin's research and agrees with the proposed existence and orbit of the 12th planet. They also show each other's diagrams of the proposed orbit.

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Robert Harrington - The other day I saw a Sitchin/Hoagland fansite that claimed he was trying to get a telescope operating in Australia to find Planet X when he died in an accident. Tom van Flandern worked closely with Harrington at the US Naval Observatory. Gary Neugebauer from the infamous Washington Post story is one of the biggest names in Infrared astronomy. He completed the first infrared survey of the sky in the 1960's.

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