There are icy objects beyond Neptune that don’t present usual orbits around the Sun due to the existence of a hidden planet nicknamed by astronomers as Planet Nine or Planet X. Soon enough we might be able to see how this mysterious world looks like.
There is a paper that is 92 pages long, which will be published in Physics Reports, that includes the explanations of a team of researchers from Caltech regarding the Planet X and its existence, which seems to be smaller and closer than initially thought.
Some time ago, Pluto was considered the ninth planet, but almost ten years ago it received the title of a dwarf planet. One of the astronomers that took Pluto’s title away published an intriguing paper along with his former student. The hypothesis talks about an unseen Planet X, or Planet Nine, that might lurk from the edge of our solar system.
Scientists Believe They Are Closer and Closer To Spot The Elusive Planet X
According to one of the study’s authors, Konstantin Batygin, three years ago, in essence, they knew that Kuiper Belt’s most distant objects were clustered together. Furthermore, this could be demonstrated thanks to computer simulations that this clustering was being caused by the fact that the Planet Nine exists.
Batygin mentioned some distant objects whose movements are influenced by a giant planet’s gravitational pull. The so-called Planet X, therefore, should be somewhere in the outfield of our solar system. This planet is said to be similar to a rocky super-Earth instead of a gas giant which means that there might be chances that a sort of an alien life form to inhabit it.
According to the new analysis, this new planet is located about 400 astronomical units (AU) away and has a mass by five times higher than the Earth’s. In the end, to make it easier for you to understand the astronomers’ perspective, we provide you with a comparison. For example at 40 AU from us there is Pluto. Accordingly, Planet X is way beyond Pluto’s orbit, in the “darkness” of the distant edges of our solar system.
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