Astronomers Claim A Ninth Planet Could Be Lurking In Our Solar System Beyond Neptune


Surhud More, a scientist from the University of Tokyo, believes that a ninth planet could be lurking beyond Neptune, but telescopes haven’t been able to spot it yet.

Here’s what he told the Washington Post: “Every time we take a picture there is this possibility that Planet Nine exists in the shot.”

Michael Brown, an astronomer at the California Institute of Technology, also claims that he feels “eternally optimistic” that the planet will eventually be found.

The idea of a ninth planet is recent

This whole idea of a ninth world first popped up about four years ago after various mini ice-worlds have been discovered. The main argument was that “if things are in the same orbit, then something’s pushing them.”

On the other hand, because it is so far away, Planet Nine would be 160,000 times dimmer than Neptune, and this is the reason for which it’s so difficult to spot it.

Kevin Luhman, an astronomer at Pennsylvania State University, described it as reaching “a brick wall.”

Scientists and experts continue to search for all kinds of way to confirm the existence of a ninth planet. They are even looking for the planet’s heat glow.

Back in 2017, NASA said that Planet Nine might be 20 times further from the Sun compared to the distance of Neptune from our Sun.

They also added that “It is now harder to imagine our solar system without a Planet Nine than with one.”

Five lines of evidence

Here are the “five lines of evidence” that point to the existence of Planet Nine, according to The Sun:

  • There are 6 known objects in the Kuiper Belt which all have orbits pointing in the same direction.
  • The orbits of the objects are all tilted 30 degrees downward.
  • More objects also seem to be “tilted with respect to the solar plane”, according to Fox News.
  • Planet Nine could be responsible for the tilt of the planets in our solar system
  • Some objects from the Kuiper Belt orbit in the opposite direction from everything else in the solar system.


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