Astronomers Discover Evidence for the 9th Planet in Solar System

Sunday, January 24, 2016 - 19:20

Based on recent calculations, scientists has claimed that a new ninth planet which is larger than Earth could be hiding in the dark depths of the solar system.

According to a Science Magazine report, a body nearly the size of Neptune—but as yet unseen—orbits the sun every 15,000 years. Nicknamed Planet Nine, it moves on an extremely elongated orbit, and takes a staggering 10,000 to 20,000 years to swing once around the sun.

This possible discovery and calculations have been published by two scientists, Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena.

“This is the first serious claim for the existence of an additional planet in the solar system,” said planetary scientist Alessandro Morbidelli of France’s Observatory of the Cote d’Azur, who was not involved with the new study. If true, “it would change the portrait of the solar system for everyone.”

“If Planet Nine really exists, it could help scientists understand the birth of the solar system,” said Scott Kenyon of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

“As a scientist, you should never believe your idea too much until someone else confirms it, but we’ve not been able to come up with any alternative,” Brown said. “Now we’ve publicly announced it, I’m sure many people will try their hand at coming up with other explanations.”

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