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  • Don't Blame 'Planet Nine' for Earth's Mass Extinctions

    01/26/2016 8:03:21 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies ^ | 01/25/2016 | mike wall
    Planet Nine - a newly proposed but not yet confirmed world perhaps 10 times more massive than Earth that's thought to orbit far beyond Pluto — probably could not have triggered such "death from the skies" events, researchers said. Planet Nine likely has an elliptical orbit, coming within 200 to 300 astronomical units (AU) of the sun at its closest approach and getting as far away as 600 to 1,200 AU, Brown said. (One AU is the distance from Earth to the sun - about 93 million miles, or 150 million kilometers). Neptune orbits about 30 AU from the sun,...
  • Researchers find evidence of a real ninth planet

    01/20/2016 7:52:49 PM PST · by Utilizer · 31 replies ^ | January 20, 2016 | Kimm Fesenmaier
    Caltech researchers have found evidence of a giant planet tracing a bizarre, highly elongated orbit in the outer solar system. The object, which the researchers have nicknamed Planet Nine, has a mass about 10 times that of Earth and orbits about 20 times farther from the sun on average than does Neptune (which orbits the sun at an average distance of 2.8 billion miles). In fact, it would take this new planet between 10,000 and 20,000 years to make just one full orbit around the sun. The researchers, Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown, discovered the planet's existence through mathematical modeling...
  • Ninth Planet May Exist in Solar System Beyond Pluto, New Evidence Suggests

    01/20/2016 12:01:57 PM PST · by presidio9 · 50 replies
    The New York Times ^ | JAN. 20, 2016 | KENNETH CHANG
    There might be a ninth planet in the solar system after all - and it is not Pluto. Two astronomers reported on Wednesday that they had compelling signs of something bigger and farther away — something that would definitely satisfy the current definition of a planet, where Pluto falls short. "We are pretty sure there's one out there," said Michael E. Brown, a professor of planetary astronomy at the California Institute of Technology. What Dr. Brown and a fellow Caltech professor, Konstantin Batygin, have not done is actually find that planet, so it would be premature to revise mnemonics of...
  • There's a ninth planet in our solar system - we just can't see it yet, study says

    01/20/2016 1:43:51 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 39 replies
    l a times ^ | 01/20/2016 | amina khan
    Scientists have been wondering whether a "Planet X" exists in the dim regions far beyond the known planets, but it has remained largely speculative.... That started to change in March 2014, when a pair of astronomers announced that they’d discovered a brand-new dwarf planet, 2012 VP113, beyond the well-populated edge of the Kuiper belt, whose main mass stretches from Neptune’s orbit around 30 astronomical units (or 30 times the Earth-Sun distance) out to 50 astronomical units. It wasn’t the only such object: Sedna, a 600-mile-wide rock discovered in 2003, also boasted this far-out orbit, and it seemed to be making...
  • Scientists may have found Planet X, the mysterious presence that has eluded astronomers

    12/12/2015 1:40:04 AM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 66 replies
    National Post ^ | December 11, 2015 | Sarah Kaplan
    It’s a big, dark presence at the farthest reaches of our solar system, a mysterious force powerful enough to skew the paths of planets in orbit and yet so subtle that it slips undetected past even the most powerful telescopes on Earth. For centuries, it has eluded some of the most brilliant minds in astronomy — some say it even destroyed one. It’s the subject of endless calculations and rampant speculation, crackpot theories and countless hours spent gazing, fruitlessly, at the night sky. It’s known as Planet X. And on Tuesday, a group of astronomers said they’d found not just...
  • Is there a Planet X, a massive perturber, hidden beyond Pluto?

    09/05/2015 7:46:28 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 3 | Joel Achenbach
    The paper ... noted that a number of large, very remote objects share a similar orbital angle. That's suspicious if you're an astronomer expecting to see a random distribution of objects. The key orbital feature is known, rather obtusely, as the argument of perihelion. We're not shy of complicated orbital concepts (we try to toss around the phrase "obliquity of the ecliptic" whenever possible), but this one is not very easy to explain. "The argument of perihelion is the angle at which an object comes to perihelion with respect to the ecliptic plane," Sheppard said in an e-mail. Mike Brown,...
  • Obama admin stonewalling on big ammo buildup

    03/21/2013 10:15:52 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 66 replies
    WND ^ | March 21, 2013 | Garth Kant
    <p>Lawmaker: 'They refuse to let us know what is going on'</p> <p>Members of Congress are demanding the Obama administration explain why it is stockpiling a huge arsenal of ammunition and weapons.</p> <p>The Department of Homeland Security bought more than 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition over the last year, as well as thousands of armored vehicles.</p>
  • Doomsday Scenarios Play Out in New Show

    03/21/2013 4:49:08 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies ^ | Published: Mar 13, 2013, 6:18 AM EDT | Jess Baker
    Every day we live and breathe among disasters waiting to happen. The Weather Channel's new series "Forecasting the End" dives into the hair-raising theories behind earth-ending science. Hear how disasters like super-volcanoes, mega-tsunamis and deadly solar flares aren't as far-fetched as you think.
  • Mysterious boom heard across region

    03/20/2013 11:31:27 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    dailyamericannews ^ | Mar. 18, 2013 9:34 am | By Gina Blankenship
    Loud noise heard in Southern Illinois Saturday afternoon has residents puzzled Social media was abuzz this weekend following what is begin described as a loud boom that was heard all over Southern Illinois Saturday. The source of the noise is unknown and, according to some, has been recurring for the past several weeks. Loud and mysterious booms are being heard and felt around the region. For more than a month, the noise has been compared to a sonic boom, tannerite, shotgun, dynamite or cannon. The theories surrounding the source of the loud bangs range from fracking to supersonic jets, meteors...
  • Large asteroid heading to Earth? Pray, says NASA

    03/19/2013 7:28:06 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 101 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/19/13 | Irene klotz - Reuters
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA chief Charles Bolden has advice on how to handle a large asteroid headed toward New York City: Pray. That's about all the United States - or anyone for that matter - could do at this point about unknown asteroids and meteors that may be on a collision course with Earth, Bolden told lawmakers at a U.S. House of Representatives Science Committee hearing on Tuesday. An asteroid estimated to be have been about 55 feet in diameter exploded on February 15 over Chelyabinsk, Russia, generating shock waves that shattered windows and damaged buildings. More than...
  • Congressmen Demand DHS Explain 1.6 Billion Bullets Purchase

    03/19/2013 1:43:50 PM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 65 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | Mar. 19, 2013 | Tim Brown
    Congressman Leonard Lance (R-NJ) has come out and demanded that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano explain why the Department of Homeland Security has been engaging in huge amounts of purchases of ammunition over the past year. Rep. Lance has called on Congress to get involved in ascertaining DHS stockpiling of ammunition which is enough to wage a 20 year plus war, which has most certainly caused a shortage in the public market. I think Congress should ask the Department about both of those issues and I would like a full explanation as to why that has been done and I...
  • Hunting for the real 'Planet X'

    11/10/2012 2:03:36 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    Discovery News ^ | Friday, 9 November 2012 | Mark Thompson
    Through accurate measurements of Charon's orbit, the mass of Pluto could be deduced. Ultimately it showed that the 'ninth planet' couldn't possibly have affected the orbits of Uranus and Neptune as observations appeared to show. The renewed interest in Planet X was short lived as the Neptunian flyby by Voyager 2 in 1989 revealed its mass was less than thought. Reapplying this knowledge showed the outermost "ice giant" planets were behaving exactly as they should and the orbital perturbations were down to observational error. It seems the myth of Planet X had finally died. This could have been the end...
  • New Planet Found in Our Solar System?

    05/12/2012 3:44:38 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 42 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 5/11/12 | Richard A. Lovett
    Odd orbits of remote objects hint at unseen world, new calculations suggest. An as yet undiscovered planet might be orbiting at the dark fringes of the solar system, according to new research.Too far out to be easily spotted by telescopes, the potential unseen planet appears to be making its presence felt by disturbing the orbits of so-called Kuiper belt objects, said Rodney Gomes, an astronomer at the National Observatory of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. Kuiper belt objects are small icy bodiesincluding some dwarf planetsthat lie beyond the orbit of Neptune. Once considered the ninth planet in our system, the...
  • Giant planet ejected from the solar system

    11/11/2011 5:16:23 AM PST · by decimon · 52 replies · 1+ views
    Southwest Research Institute ^ | November 10, 2011
    Boulder, Colo. Nov. 10, 2011 Just as an expert chess player sacrifices a piece to protect the queen, the solar system may have given up a giant planet and spared the Earth, according to an article recently published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters. "We have all sorts of clues about the early evolution of the solar system," says author Dr. David Nesvorny of the Southwest Research Institute. "They come from the analysis of the trans-Neptunian population of small bodies known as the Kuiper Belt, and from the lunar cratering record." These clues suggest that the orbits of giant...
  • Free-Floating Planets May Be More Common Than Stars

    05/18/2011 1:45:25 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 30 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 05-18-2011 | NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena,Calif.
    Astronomers, including a NASA-funded team member, have discovered a new class of Jupiter-sized planets floating alone in the dark of space, away from the light of a star. The team believes these lone worlds were probably ejected from developing planetary systems. The discovery is based on a joint Japan-New Zealand survey that scanned the center of the Milky Way galaxy during 2006 and 2007, revealing evidence for up to 10 free-floating planets roughly the mass of Jupiter. The isolated orbs, also known as orphan planets, are difficult to spot, and had gone undetected until now. The newfound planets are located...
  • Prepare for the Lord's Return! 5 Days in Heaven and Hell

    02/28/2011 10:25:53 AM PST · by Quix · 384 replies · 2+ views
    QUIX: SHORT EXCERPTS ARE OFFERED IN A SORT OF EXECUTIVE SUMMARY FIRST--THEN THE ENTIRE NARRATIVE AS AVAILABLE AT SPIRITLESSONS.COM I found this to be another anointed, Biblical narrative about a very convincing Heavenly visitation--actually, as usual, to hell, too. There's an item or 3 in this one to potentially trouble the RC's and Maryolators, . . . as well as some potentially troubling things for some Calvinists, however. Read at your own risk. Those exposed to The Truth are responsible before God for what they do about and with The Truth.On the other hand, ignorance affords no eternal protection....
  • Mystery Planet: Is a Rogue Giant Orbiting Our Sun?

    02/16/2011 4:51:26 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 62 replies
    Time ^ | Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011 | Michael D. Lemonick
    "What we're really saying," he explains, "is that there's suggestive evidence there might be something out there." And if a new planet exists something Matese is emphatically not claiming at this point then the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) satellite should already have an image of it stored somewhere in its enormous database. How suggestive the evidence actually is, though, depends on whom you ask. If you ask Ned Wright, a UCLA astrophysicist and WISE principal investigator, he'll tell you, "It's really kind of flimsy. It's there, but they don't have super data." So while the latest version...
  • Six Mysteries of Our Solar System: Its history raises a lot of questions

    02/06/2009 9:27:47 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 44 replies · 1,253+ views
    Softpedia ^ | 29th of January 2009 | Tudor Vieru
    The 4.6-billion-year history of our solar system is nowhere crystal clear, astronomers admit. Instead, it's filled with questions as to the origin of some of its most remarkable feats. Here is a top 6 of these mysteries, as compiled by New Scientist... Another thing that concerns astronomers is the existence of Planet X, a hypothetical celestial body that supposedly circles our Sun on an orbit somewhere behind Pluto. Experts say that the distance it revolves around the Sun can only imply that the planet is frozen, but say that it could be as big as Mars, or even Earth. However,...
  • Niburu endorses Obama (their UFO didn't come to Alabama though)

    10/14/2008 11:55:40 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 627+ views
    Niburu ^ | October 15 2008
    ... How can this be? True change comes from within and the change of guard on the inner levels is complete. Each person will be guided in new directions for the betterment of themselves and mankind as it was always meant to be. This time in the Earths history will be remembered as Earths wake up call, the decision point for moving in a new direction which will bring about changes for the better in all areas of your life. Barack Obama is the right man for this moment in Earths history. He will be elected to the U.S. Presidency...
  • An Unknown Planet Orbits in the Outer Solar System

    08/05/2007 6:22:36 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 58 replies · 1,200+ views
    A theory is hereby proposed that an unknown mega-massive planet has, for billions of years, been orbiting at 77.2 AU from the sun -- within a 44 AU-wide, virtually empty Great Void that surrounds the Kuiper Belt (One AU = 93 million miles, the mean Earth-Sun distance). The Void is postulated to have been formed by strong gravitational attraction of the unknown planet having removed all CKBOs (Classical Kuiper Belt Objects) that had existed previously in the vicinity of the massive planet's huge orbit... The 77.2 AU distance from the sun of the proposed unknown planet is derived from a...
  • Newfound Data Could Solve NASA's Great Gravity Mystery

    03/28/2007 6:18:54 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 10 replies · 459+ views ^ | 03/27/07 | Tariq Malik
    NEW YORK Its been years since NASA last heard from either of its two Pioneer probes hurtling out of the solar system, but scientists are still debating the source of an odd force pushing against the outbound spacecraft. Dubbed the Pioneer Anomaly, the unexplained force appears to be acting against NASAs identical Pioneer 10 and 11 probes, holding them back as they head away from the Sun
  • It's a Planet If We Say It's a Planet (NM Legislature restores Pluto's status)

    03/14/2007 11:21:11 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 25 replies · 338+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | March 14, 2007 | Bruce Daniels
    The International Astronomical Union may have demoted Pluto from its full-fledged status as a planet last year, designating it a "dwarf planet," but the state House of Representatives this week passed a joint memorial restoring Pluto to its full planetary glory whenever it passes over New Mexico, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported. Clyde Tombaugh, who helped create New Mexico State University's astronomy department and spent much of his life in Las Cruces, discovered photographic evidence of Pluto on Feb. 18, 1930, at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Ariz. Tombaugh's 94-year-old widow, Patsy Tombaugh, and his daughter, Annette Tombaugh-Sitze, who both...
  • Dwarf Santa yields giant insight into Kuiper Belt

    03/14/2007 8:41:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 395+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 3/14/07 | AFP
    PARIS (AFP) - Astronomers have pieced together the remnants of a mighty collision that smashed apart a planet-sized rock in the Kuiper Belt, on the far-flung fringes of the Solar System. First identified in the 1950s by Dutch-US skygazer Gerard Kuiper, the disk-shaped belt is believed to be populated by tens of thousands of icy bodies, encircling the Sun beyond the orbit of Neptune. A team led by Michael Brown of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) took a close look at the belt's third largest object, 2003 EL61. Nicknamed "Santa" because the team spotted it at Christmas-time, 2003 EL61...
  • The Search for Distant Objects in the Solar System Using Spacewatch

    03/12/2007 11:38:09 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies · 245+ views
    Astronomical Journal ^ | volume 133 (2007) | Jeffrey A. Larsen et al
    We have completed a low-inclination ecliptic survey for distant and slow-moving bright objects in the outer solar system. This survey used data taken over 34 months by the University of Arizona's Spacewatch Project based at Steward Observatory, Kitt Peak. Spacewatch revisits the same sky area every three to seven nights in order to track cohorts of main-belt asteroids. This survey used a multiple-night detection scheme to extend our rate sensitivity to as low as 0.012 arcsec hr-1. When combined with our plate scale and flux sensitivity (V21), this survey was sensitive to Mars-sized objects out to 300 AU and Jupiter-sized...
  • Giant Kuiper Belt planetoid Sedna may have formed far beyond Pluto

    10/22/2005 1:05:39 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies · 1,263+ views
    Physics Org ( ^ | January 24, 2005 | Southwest Research Institute
    In a report published in the January 2005 issue of The Astronomical Journal, planetary scientist Dr. Alan Stern of the Space Science and Engineering Division at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) shows Sedna could have formed far beyond the distance of Pluto... Stern's Sedna formation simulations assumed that Sedna's original orbit, while distant from the Sun, was circular. Astronomers agree that Sedna could not have formed in its present, eccentric orbit because such an orbit allows only violent collisions that prevent the growth of small bodies. Stern's simulations further assumed that the solar nebula -- the disk of material out of...
  • 2012: the piano-sized New Horizons probe of NASA nears Pluto (will it find ET there?)

    01/10/2006 8:29:19 AM PST · by presidio9 · 28 replies · 727+ views
    India Daily ^ | Jan. 6, 2006
    Something spectacular may happen in 2012. New Horizons, a NASA space craft with a probe will travel at 26,700mph over four billion miles to Pluto. It will be in close proximity of Pluto by 2012. New Horizons probe will travel faster than any previous spacecraft on its journey to the planet farthest from the Sun, its moon Charon and the mysterious, icy Kuiper Belt. Relatively little is known about the ninth planet Pluto. It is an unknown zone of the solar system. Many scientists have started believing that Pluto will surprise all in the earth by 2012. There are fair...
  • Pluto Has Three Moons, Hubble Images Show

    10/31/2005 6:22:32 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 101 replies · 1,880+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 10/31/05 | Alex Dominguez - ap
    BALTIMORE - Pluto has three moons, not one, new images from the Hubble Space Telescope suggest. Pluto, discovered as the ninth planet in 1930, was thought to be alone until its moon Charon was spotted in 1978. The new moons, more than twice as far away as Charon and many times fainter, were spotted by Hubble in May. While the observations have to be confirmed, members of the team that discovered the satellites said Monday they felt confident about their data. "Pluto and Charon are not alone, they have two neighbors," said Hal Weaver of the Johns Hopkins University Applied...
  • 10 Planets? Why Not 11?

    08/23/2005 4:39:11 PM PDT · by neverdem · 38 replies · 1,939+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 23, 2005 | KENNETH CHANG
    PASADENA, Calif. - Between feedings and diaper changes of his newborn daughter, Michael E. Brown may yet find an 11th planet. Once conducted almost exclusively on cold, lonely nights, observational astronomy these days is often done under bright California sunshine. When he has a few spare minutes, Dr. Brown, a professor of planetary astronomy at the California Institute of Technology, downloads images taken during a previous night by a robotically driven telescope at Palomar Observatory 100 miles away. Each night, the telescope scans a different swath of sky, photographing each patch three times, spaced an hour and a half apart....
  • Pluto Could Lose Planet Status

    06/22/2006 4:11:12 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 177 replies · 3,351+ views ^ | 21 June 2006 | Staff
    At its conference this August, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) will make a decision that could see Pluto lose its status as a planet. For the first time, the organisation will be officially defining the word "planet", and it is causing much debate in the world of astronomy. There is only one thing that everyone seems to agree on: there are no longer nine planets in the Solar System. The debate has been brought to a head by the discovery of a potential 10th planet, temporarily named 2003 UB313 in January 2005. This new candidate planet is bigger than Pluto....
  • Pluto Might Have Rings

    02/23/2006 10:16:50 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies · 579+ views ^ | 22 February 2006 | Ker Than
    The two moons discovered around Pluto last year were likely formed from the same giant impact that created the planets much larger satellite, Charon, scientists say. The idea suggests that other Kuiper Belt Objects might also harbor multiple satellites and raises the possibility that Pluto is encircled by rings fashioned from debris ejected from the surface of the tiny moons. The two moons, called P1 and P2 for now, were discovered in May 2005 using the Hubble Space Telescope. Scientists now think the two moons are roughly 37 and 31 miles (60 and 50 km) in diameter. Charon has an...
  • X-Planets ( extrasolar planets, and the various planets X )

    06/09/2006 10:50:42 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 130 replies · 5,485+ views
    Our Tiny Little Minds ^ | various | self et al
    New Scientist for Dec 14, 2002, had a cover story for Planet X: The Hunt for Planet X by Heather Couperand Nigel HenbestJust over a year after the New Horizons' launch, it will... pick up enough velocity to reach Pluto, possibly as early as July 2015... In their new research, Melita and Brunini have explored three possible reasons for the Kuiper Cliff... The third possibility is that the region beyond was brushed clear by the gravity of Planet X... the KBO orbits they have investigated so far fit in best with the influence of a Planet X.
  • Scientists discover moon orbiting so-called 10th planet (nicknamed 'Xena')

    10/01/2005 5:10:46 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies · 1,190+ views
    ap on Monterey Herald ^ | 10/1/05 | Alicia Chang - ap
    LOS ANGELES - The astronomers who claim to have discovered the 10th planet in the solar system have made another intriguing announcement: it has a moon. While observing the new, so-called planet from Hawaii last month, a team of astronomers led by Michael Brown of the California Institute of Technology spotted a faint object trailing next to it. Because it was moving, astronomers ruled it was a moon and not a background star, which is stationary. The moon discovery is important because it can help scientists determine the new planet's mass. In July, Brown announced the discovery of an icy,...
  • Pioneer [gravitational] anomaly put to the test

    09/27/2004 11:38:32 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 50 replies · 2,127+ views
    Physics World ^ | September 2004 | Slava Turyshev and John Anderson
    The European Space Agency is considering a unique experiment that could explain strange gravitational phenomena in the outer solar system. Since 1998 astronomers have known that the space probes Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11 are following trajectories that cannot be explained by conventional physics. Launched in 1972 and 1973, respectively, to explore the outer planets, the Pioneer craft are now at the edge of the solar system, with Pioneer 10 being some 86 astronomical units (about 13 billion kilometres) from the Sun. But they are not quite where they should be, based on the gravitational pull of the known bodies...
  • Death Spiral: Why Theorists Can't Make Solar Systems

    03/29/2006 10:21:37 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies · 464+ views ^ | Tue March 28, 2006 | Ker Than
    For scientists who spend time thinking about how planets form, life would be simpler if gas giants like Jupiter and Saturn didnt exist. According to the standard model of planet formation, called "core accretion," planets form over millions of years as enormous blocks of rock and ice smash together to form planetary embryos, called "protoplanets," and eventually full-fledged planets. Most scientists agree that core accretion is how terrestrial planets such as Earth and Mars were created, but the model cant convincingly explain how gas giant planets like Jupiter and Saturn came to be. One major problem is that developing gas...
  • 'Tenth Planet' found to be a whopper

    02/02/2006 9:25:14 PM PST · by neverdem · 125 replies · 3,262+ views ^ | 1 February 2006 | Mark Peplow
    Close window Published online: 1 February 2006; | doi:10.1038/news060130-7 'Tenth Planet' found to be a whopperLarge size of 2003 UB313 fuels debate over what is and isn't a planet.Mark Peplow 2003 UB313 and its moon - currently nicknamed Xena and Gabrielle - take time off from their sword and sorcery shenanigans. W. M. Keck Observatory The recently discovered 'tenth planet' of our Solar System is substantially larger than Pluto, astronomers have found. For many, the discovery that object 2003 UB313 is about 3,000 kilometres across will remove any doubt that it deserves to be called a planet. "Since UB313...
  • ZetaTalk: Whiplash

    12/30/2005 5:47:27 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 38 replies · 5,784+ views
    ZetaTalk ^ | written Apr 14, 2004 | Nancy Lieder
    What is the effect on the Earth, currently swept into the arms of Planet X periodically by the Sweeping Arms of the Sun, when more planets crowd up to the stop sign, and halt, due to the massive Repulsion Force issues presented by Planet X standing before them. Planet X is 23 times as massive, this mass not reflected in the mere diameter of this interloper, which is only 4 times as broad as Venus or Earth or the Earths Dark Twin, all of which are approximately the same size. The Sweeping Arms normally just propel the planets in the...
  • Rethinking the Planets

    12/28/2005 2:36:18 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 35 replies · 678+ views
    Popular Science ^ | January 2006 issue (I believe) | Michael Stroh
    One leading proposal would define a planet as any object whose diameter exceeds 2,000 kilometers and that is round as a result of gravity, criteria that would encompass anything Pluto-size or larger, including Xena. But that doesn't sit well with some astronomers, who are irked that the scrawny iceball with the cockeyed orbit earned membership into the club in the first place. "Pluto is an impostor," says Harvard astronomer Brian Marsden, a member of the IAU committee. "The simplest thing is to get rid of it and say we've got eight."
  • Mysterious deep-space object raises questions on Solar System's origins

    12/14/2005 10:12:29 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 47 replies · 1,301+ views
    PhysOrg ^ | December 13, 2005 | AFP
    Astronomers working in Canada, France and the United States said they had found a small deep-space object, nicknamed Buffy, that challenges mainstream theories about the evolution of the Solar System. The rock lies in the Kuiper Belt, the name for the flock of objects beyond Neptune's orbit that are believed to be leftover rubble from the Solar System's building phase and are the source for many comets... Measuring between 500 and 1,000 kilometers (300 to 600 miles) across and taking about 440 years to make just one circuit of the Sun, Buffy is remarkable not for its size -- around...
  • Far-out worlds, just waiting to be found

    07/20/2005 10:54:18 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies · 1,231+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 23 July 2005 (issue date) | Stuart Clark
    IN THE dark reaches of the solar system lurk swarms of hidden worlds. Too small and too distant to reflect sunlight, they have remained under the cover of darkness for billions of years. But now the outer solar system is giving up its secrets. And with them comes an astonishing claim: "It's quite possible that there is a halo of planets surrounding our solar system, just waiting to be found," says Eugene Chiang, an astronomer at the University of California, Berkeley. What makes Chiang's claim so surprising is the sheer number and size of these planets. Weighing more than...
  • Tenth Planet Has a Moon!

    10/22/2005 9:33:39 PM PDT · by vannrox · 23 replies · 1,049+ views
    Space and Earth science ^ | October 03, 2005 | E-Mail Newsletter
    Scientists are over the moon at the W.M. Keck Observatory and the California Institute of Technology over a new discovery of a satellite orbiting the Solar System's 10th planet (2003 UB313). The newly discovered moon orbits the farthest object ever seen in the Solar System. The existence of the moon will help astronomers resolve the question of whether 2003 UB313, temporarily nicknamed "Xena," is more massive than Pluto and hence the 10th planet. A paper describing the discovery was submitted to the Astrophysical Journal Letters on October 3, 2005. "We were surprised because this is a completely different type of...
  • Out of this world: magazine launches name-the-planet initiative

    08/02/2005 4:19:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies · 775+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Tue Aug 2, 2005 | AFP
    PARIS (AFP) - Should it be named after a Greek or Roman god? A great scientist or artist? How about calling it after a character in the "Star Wars" film series? Or your best friend? The British magazine New Scientist has called on readers to help suggest a name for the solar system's 10th planet, whose discovery was announced last week by a team led by US astronomer Mike Brown of the California Institute of Technology. The new world has been given the provisional designation of 2003 UB313. But Brown has 10 years in which to think of a catchier...
  • New Planet Discovered Beyond Pluto

    07/30/2005 4:26:35 AM PDT · by donprocto · 7 replies · 632+ views
    the Proctoscope ^ | 07/30/2005 | donprocto
    New Planet Discovered Beyond Pluto... Designated as 2003 EL61, the main object in the two-body system is 32 percent as massive as Pluto and is estimated to be about 70 percent of Pluto's diameter. Scientists have not given the planet a name - but since it shares major characteristics with a senator we all know: dwelling in darkness, way out in left field, frigid, may I suggest... ...Hillary?
  • Planet or Not, Pluto Now Has Far-Out Rival

    07/30/2005 4:50:22 AM PDT · by infocats · 38 replies · 1,298+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 30, 2005 | KENNETH CHANG and DENNIS OVERBYE
    Add a tenth planet to the solar system - or possibly subtract one. Astronomers announced yesterday that they had found a lump of rock and ice that was larger than Pluto and the farthest known object in the solar system. The discovery will probably rekindle debate over the definition of "planet" and whether Pluto still merits the designation. The new object - as yet unnamed, but temporarily known as 2003 UB313 - is now 9 billion miles away from the Sun, or 97 times as far away as Earth and about three times Pluto's current distance from the Sun. Its...
  • Astronomers claim discovery of 10th planet in solar system

    07/30/2005 12:09:55 AM PDT · by Srirangan · 97 replies · 2,187+ views
    Outlook ^ | July 30,2005 | AFP
    A US astronomer has said he had discovered a 10th planet in the outer reaches of the solar system that could force a redrawing the astronomical map. If confirmed, the discovery yesterday by Mike Brown of the respected California Institute of Technology would be the first of a planet since Pluto was identified in 1930 and shatter the notion that nine planets circle the sun. "Get out your pens. Start re-writing textbooks today," said Brown, a professor of planetary astronomy, announcing what he called "the 10th planet of the solar system," one that is larger than Pluto. "It's the farthest...
  • Astronomers Find a New Planet in Solar System

    07/29/2005 3:35:26 PM PDT · by Right Wing Professor · 114 replies · 6,752+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 7/29/05 | KENNETH CHANG
    Add a 10th planet to the solar system - or possibly subtract one. Astronomers announced today that they have found a lump of rock and ice that is larger than Pluto and the farthest known object in the solar system. The discovery will likely rekindle debate over the definition of "planet" and whether Pluto should still be regarded as one. The new object - as yet unnamed - is currently 9 billion miles away from the Sun, or about three times Pluto's current distance from the Sun. But its 560-year orbit also brings it as close as 3.3 billion miles....
  • NASA Funded Scientists Discover Tenth Planet

    07/29/2005 6:21:26 PM PDT · by gopwinsin04 · 47 replies · 1,243+ views ^ | 7.29.05 | Jane Platt
    A planet larger than Pluto has been discovered in the outlying regions of the solar system. The planet was discovered using the Samuel Oschin Telescope at Palomar Observatory near San Diego.The discovery was announced today by Dr. Mike Brown of the Califorina Institute of Technology. Currently about 97 times further from the sun than the earth, the planet is now the farthest known object in the solar system. It will be visible by telescope over the next six months and currently is almost directly overhead in the early morning eastern sky in the constellation Cetus. Dr. Mike Brown (Cal Tech),...
  • Distant object found orbiting Sun

    07/29/2005 6:29:42 AM PDT · by AdmSmith · 76 replies · 2,230+ views
    BBC News website ^ | 29 July 2005 | Dr David Whitehouse
    Astronomers have found a large object in the Solar System's outer reaches. It is being hailed as "a great discovery". Details of the object are still sketchy. It never comes closer to the Sun than Neptune and spends most of its time much further out than Pluto. It is one of the largest objects ever found in the outer Solar System and is almost certainly made of ice and rock. It is at least 1,500km (930 miles) across and may be larger than Pluto, which is 2,274km (1,400 miles) across. The uncertainty in estimates of its size is due to...
  • Distant planetoid Sedna gives up more secrets

    04/15/2005 11:23:49 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 18 replies · 827+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 4/15/05 | Maggie McKee
    The distant planetoid Sedna appears to be covered in a tar-like sludge that gives it a distinctly red hue, a new study reveals. The findings suggests the dark crust was baked-on by the Sun and has been untouched by other objects for millions of years. Sedna appears to be nearly the size of Pluto and was discovered in November 2003. It is the most distant object ever seen within the solar system and travels on an elongated path that stretches from 74 to 900 times the distance between the Sun and the Earth. Astronomers have struggled to explain such an...
  • ZetaTalk: Dance Begins (Ongoing Planet X End-of-the-World Update)

    10/20/2004 10:01:55 AM PDT · by theFIRMbss · 49 replies · 1,319+ views
    ZetaTalk ^ | Oct 19, 2004 | Nancy
    We have, over the past several months, warned that as Planet X moved from below to above the Suns middle, the Ecliptic, it would move from slinging along the magnetic flow lines curling toward the Suns S. Pole to the magnetic flow lines curling out from the Suns N. Pole. Magnetic particles flow along these lines, from the N. Pole to the S. Pole, thus forcing Planet X to align with this flow. We have explained that the steps in this process are: Planet X first slings past the Suns S. Pole with its N. Pole pointing toward this great...
  • Distant Sedna Raises Possibility of Another Earth-Sized Planet in Our Solar System

    03/18/2004 2:00:00 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 31 replies · 515+ views ^ | 3/16/04 | Robert Roy Britt
    Our corner of the galaxy got a little stranger this week with the discovery of Sedna, the most distant object ever spotted in the solar system. Now astronomers are puzzling over how it got there. The most intriguing idea is that there might be another world as big as Earth, a gravitational bully lurking in some unexplored corner of the solar system. Here's the problem: Scientists can't figure out how Sedna, which is about three-fourths as big as Pluto, came to have such a strange orbit around the Sun. Sedna's path is highly elliptic. It ranges from 76 astronomical units...