Skip to comments.There's a ninth planet in our solar system - we just can't see it yet, study says
Posted on 01/20/2016 1:43:51 PM PST by BenLurkin
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 theyâd discovered a brand-new dwarf planet, 2012 VP113, beyond the well-populated edge of the Kuiper belt, whose main mass stretches from Neptuneâs orbit around 30 astronomical units (or 30 times the Earth-Sun distance) out to 50 astronomical units.
It wasnât 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 its closest approach to the sun at a similar angle as 2012 VP113. This could be highly coincidental - or it could mean that a giant planet was lurking out there in the dark, influencing both their movements.
The researchers studied the paths of a half-dozen far-out Kuiper belt objects. They found that certain angles in their orbits were aligned in an inexplicable way, and their perihelia â the point at which each object came closest to the sun - were all clustered very closely together, rather than being randomly distributed...
Thereâs no way that these crossing paths should remain stable, he thought â unless there was something else out there that was massive enough to shepherd these objects along, keeping them in line.
The scientists calculated that such a massive planet would have an orbit whose closest approach was on the other side of the sun from the perihelia of the objects it was shepherding. This giant planet is so far out, however, that the closest it gets to the sun is a whopping 200 astronomical units.
Planet Nine would probably be somewhere around ten Earth masses, making it a tiny gas giant, known as a mini-Neptune.
(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...
Another article on the subject of Planet X
Planet Nibiru, home of the Annunaki.
Finally! Just in time for the X-Files return.
Evidence of a Ninth Planet
Pluto — not a planet
The thing we can’t see at all — totally a planet
‘X’ as in ‘10’.
I don’t care what they say about Pluto but it’s ‘Planet IX’ in my books.
Dark Planets matter!!!
Planet IX from Outer Space? Sounds like a great movie title.
I sure hope the name they give it begins with the letter “p”. That way “my very easy method. Just say unique nine planets” will work again.
Somewhere out therefore ..
beyond the clear blue sky .. and the Ãert belt..
Far far farrrrrrrr awaaaaayyyyy..
Discovery after discovery..
What a universe!!!
Pluto and Neptune were both discovered after educated speculation suggested where to look for them. Pluto was deposed from planethood on account of being in an orbit full of debris. Hypothetical “Planet X”, when and if found, will be judged by the same criteria.
Have we transported back in time to the 50s......
I thought we already had nine planets, at least we did in the 60’s and 70’s.
I used to get a kick out of reading Sitchin’s books. I have no clue if he knew what he was writing about, but I learned a lot of ancient history.
“I thought we already had nine planets, at least we did in the 60âs and 70âs.”
Pluto was demoted from a planet to a Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) or planetoid.
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