The “Hypothetical Planet X” – NASA In-Depth Article on the Mysterious “Planet Nine”

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According to an article published on NASA’s webpage, there is a hypothetical planet deep in our solar system. However, scientists argue that it’s not the fictional doomsday bringer – Nibiru.

Caltech astronomers Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown found evidence that the solar system has a ninth Planet (Pluto hasn’t got its title back). According to their mathematical analysis and computer modeling, researchers found that there might be a planet the size of Neptune far beyond Pluto, which orbits the sun in an elongated trajectory. This theoretical planet might need somewhere between 10,000 and 20,000 years to complete a full orbit.

However, all of this is just a theoretical work. No direct observations were made, and only the small objects of Kuiper Belt are proof that there could be something bigger which make them have a unique orbit. The cluster of objects might be following a bigger body, which could be the undiscovered planet.

Right now, astronomers are looking for this predicted planet, wrote the NASA article.

“Now let’s go explore.”

“The possibility of a new planet is certainly an exciting one for me as a planetary scientist and for all of us. This is not, however, the detection or discovery of a new planet. It’s too early to say with certainty there’s a so-called Planet X. What we’re seeing is an early prediction based on modeling from limited observations. It’s the start of a process that could lead to an exciting result,” added Jim Green, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division.

Brown said that he would love to find that planet, but would also be happy if anyone would find it:

“We hope that other people are going to get inspired and start searching.”

On the other hand, Green added that they apply “Carl Sagan’s rules for critical thinking,” concluding that:

“If Planet X is out there, we’ll find it together. Or we’ll determine an alternate explanation for the data that we’ve received so far. Now let’s go explore.”

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Andre Blair s is the lead editor for Advocator.ca. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andre specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.


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