Skip to comments.Planet Nine could be our solar system's missing 'Super Earth'
Posted on 10/13/2017 8:00:12 AM PDT by BenLurkin
Planet Nine is out there, and astronomers are determined to find it, according to a new statement from NASA.
While the mysterious world still has yet to be found, astronomers have discovered a number of strange features of our solar system that are best explained by the presence of a ninth planet, according to the NASA statement.
In 2016, Batygin and co-author Mike Brown, an astronomer at Caltech, published a study that examined the elliptical orbits of six known objects in the Kuiper Belt, a distant region of icy bodies stretching from Neptune outward toward interstellar space. Their findings revealed that all of those Kuiper Belt objects have elliptical orbits that point in the same direction and are tilted about 30 degrees "downward" compared to the plane in which the eight official planets circle the sun, according to the statement.
"Over long periods of time, Planet Nine will make the entire solar-system plane precess, or wobble, just like a top on a table," Batygin said in the statement.
Finally, the researchers demonstrate how Planet Nine's presence could explain why Kuiper Belt objects orbit in the opposite direction from everything else in the solar system.
"...These things have been twisted out of the solar system plane with help from Planet Nine and then scattered inward by Neptune."
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Pluto is still planet nine to me.
Leave well enough alone otherwise the aliens will show up with that ‘How To Serve Humans’ book.
So you’re saying Planet Nine From Outer Space will doom us all?
Someday they will realize it.
Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon...
That we will ALWAYS have Pluto!
Agreed, Planet 9 is always Pluto.
I have been hearing variations of this story, and the scientific claims for it, all my adult life.
It just could not possibly be that accepted, orthodox science regarding our solar system has any flaws in it, which if understood would explain the solar system without any necessity for a “planet nine”? No, science NEVER encounters such realities, never. /sarc
Yes, we will always have Pluto.
Didn’t you ever watch Planet 9 from outer space?
I heart Pluto.
Uranus not so much.
Maybe Ed Wood was trying to tell us something.
Imagine the nerd at NASA deciding that Pluto isn’t a planet and then having to tell the Voyager 2 Team that the flyby of Pluto really wasn’t a “planet” flyby, per se, but more of a, meh, let’s call it a flyby of a walnut. Whaddaya say?
I stand with Pluto and the plutocracy!
Ok, I got a bit carried away.
Woah! I just figured it out. Planet 9 is the real cause of global warming.
I got a real good grade in 9th grade science class, by the way.
Longer than that.
Some of the calculations suggest a gravitational sink somewhere out there.
Some observations do to.
And to be honest, there are a lot of old legends about another planet that blows through the solar system on occasion. Nibru is the one that has become most popular these days, but Phoateon (Spelling?) was in the past.
“Imagine the nerd at NASA “
The one that got the New Horizons to the Pluto flyby?
Global warming caused Planet 9.
That was after Pluto got Pluto’d, I believe, no?
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