The 12th Planet is now visible to the human eye, though only the educated eye would see it. At the current time the 12th Planet is approximately magnitude 2.0 in brightness, and appears as large as a star as viewed by the naked eye. It does not shine with the intensity of most stars, but has a dull, diffuse, glow. It appears to be the last gasp of a dying star, a faint, blurry, reddish glow. Your eye would pass over it if attuned to the pin points that are the stars. A star is intense in the center and rapidly diminishes in intensity toward the edges of the spot you call a star. The light from a star comes from a single point and fans out, the periphery a bit less than the center, increasingly, but the center very intense. The 12th Planet, being nearer, is giving you light rays from its entire surface, so the light has an even quality to it. Its distance cannot be measured, but one will notice that as time passes, no other object passes before it. Comet Watch can assist.
Your nearby planets are throwing back at you a familiar light, reflected sunlight, and thus your eyes recognize them for what they are. Just as some insects camouflage themselves from those who would prey on them by adopting the coloration of the surrounding area, just so the 12th Planet, to you, is camouflaged against the night sky. Its appearance does not look like the familiar objects you set out to identify when you scan the sky - pin points with intense centers that are stars or the scattered brilliance of an exploding star or the distinctive elongated fantail of a passing comet. Where its size at present is akin to a star, and the diffuse light across its surface would indeed have the spread and consistency that your reflecting planets do, there are significant differences that cause you to pass over it rather than explore it in depth.
The amateur astronomer may be disappointed until well after the millennium, as the 12th Planet's motions across the skies are only visible at this time when repeated images are taken and compared by computer, and here the magnification must be huge. Where the naked eye looks upon the sky, the 12th Planet appears to be standing still. The path of the comet is dead on. It is aiming for your Sun, and you are so very close to your Sun. The Earth's movements to this side or that are slight, in the scheme of things, and give to the comet an almost imperceptible wobble at best. The naked eye will not see motion in this 12th Planet until well into the year of the cataclysms, just a few weeks ahead. At that time its motion will give it away as being of a comet's nature. During the last few weeks, back yard astronomers will be able to detect motion of the comet across the skies, something a distant star would not do. Those with telescopes and computer software capable of comparing captured and stored images will know otherwise, but will be silenced or discredited in the usual establishment protective manner.
This 12th Planet will, however, get consistently brighter, so that an image taken now, compared with an image taken a year from now, would show an increased brightness not expected from a distant star. The naked eye would not capture this. The naked eye will begin to register increased brightness approximately 1 year 7 months before the cataclysms [Note: see 2003 Date explanation. 1 year 7 months computes to May 15, 2003, a deliberate wrong date.], or late in the year 2001. This appearance will be discounted by most, who will point to the distortions in the atmosphere as a cause or will explain this as an exploding star, the light rays of which are just becoming visible on Earth. Increased brightness will occur gradually, so that without the capacity to register brightness over time, and compare closely the changes, this cannot be proved or even, until close to the end, mentally registered by the observer. High powered equipment can and has registered this increased brightness. The images must be compared by computer analysis, but the magnification need not be huge, only slight. Here again, this information will not be made public. Quite the opposite. This information will be denied and refuted by those controlling the high powered equipment needed for proof.
Astronomy is a science based on theory as much as fact, as needs be when one is looking out where one cannot go and measure! Consequently, astronomers essentially make their best guess, and often disagree. How far away is an object? Opinions differ. If one object passes in front of another, there is a solid clue, as the one object is obviously closer than the other. What is the composition of an object? Extruded rays are analyzed against known scientific facts on how matter decomposes, but much scientific fact is as yet not understood by humans. They make their best guess, often so wrong as to be terribly misleading. We are not telling astronomers anything they don't know themselves. Theirs is a science that truly respects the adage - the more I know, the more I know I don't know!
For those discouraged by peering at the sky, and in particular discouraged by the myriad of alternative explanations for what is seen, remember that the approach of the comet is best measured, until the last year before the cataclysms, by the Earth's response to its approach. As we have already explained, the core of the Earth is already responding, and this measurement is recorded in the rising temperature of the oceans, worldwide. The next symptom to look for is increased volcanic activity, and larger and more frequent earthquakes, worldwide. This, surely, cannot be attributed to the Greenhouse effect. It is when the Earth receives red dust from the tail of the comet, as it enters the Solar System and passes between the Sun and the Earth, that denial will no longer be possible. At this point, however, there are scant days before the cataclysms.