Skip to comments.New Examination of Trans-Neptunian Objects Suggests Two Planets Lurk in Outer Solar System
Posted on 01/16/2015 11:06:16 AM PST by lbryce
Presently, our solar system is known to contain 4 fully-fledged rocky worlds: Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars; 2 ice-giants: Neptune and Uranus; 2 gas-giants, Saturn and Neptune; 5 dwarf-planets, Ceres. Pluto, Eris, MakeMake, Haumea; around 100 moons; and an unknowable number of comets, asteroids and minor planets. Indeed, weve only begun to understand the full scope of our local corner of our galaxy, and new information emerges on a monthly-basis, yet there a number of seemingly obvious things that remain unknown.
For instance, long before Plutos existence was deduced, astronomers scoured the outer solar system in search of another large planet, which, they believed, would explain many peculiarities surrounding the outermost planet and beyond. These peculiarities mostly center on the strange distribution of objects in the Kuiper belt the cold, icy region between Neptune and the Oort Cloud and how their orbits are more eccentric than expected.
Both oddities seem to suggest a planet lurks in the shadows, so large, it has an effect on distribution of rocky objects, and the orbit of each of them. Its certainly not a new idea. In fact, this is just one of several iterations of the missing planet hypothesis. Others postulate that instead of a hidden planet, one was flung from our solar system early on, before it settled into its final configuration (another hypothesizes that the Sun has a low-mass companion somewhere). All however, remain speculative since no true observational evidence has surface.
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As Mr. Spock might say, fascinating.
Planet X, also known as Nibiru! We are doomed!
Could be a very dim brown dwarf star or a something the size of jupiter which could actually be a sub-brown dwarf star...
jupiter is missing, i believe that’s one of the gas giants.
The republicans are working on legislation that will allow them to come in out of the shadows.
Probably a better explanation is that we are in a binary star system.
Take a look at this animation as a quick starting point.
Nibiru and Kolob?
Check your pockets?
dwarf planet Makemake?!?
if you’re going to use goofy names for dwarf planets why don’t they just named after the Seven Dwarfs
... according to ancient cosmo theology ....
Given a choice between planet x and planet y, I choose planet x.
As a man, I could probably understand planet y better, but I’m attracted to planet x not y.
I’m not a great fan of new theories, unless and until supporting empirical evidence is discovered. Until then I am an uninterested agnostic towards a theory.
We KNOW you're out there .....
Saturn was about 2 degrees from the crescent moon this morning before dawn.
I’m curious if there are any theories to why these planets haven’t been noticed yet?
Perhaps the surface is black and light-absorbing?
Maybe aliens have concealed it and use it as a base - they’re awful waskally...
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