Published: Sun, October 15, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Ninth Planet in our Solar System does exist, believes NASA

Ninth Planet in our Solar System does exist, believes NASA

Although its existence has recently been widely speculated, NASA scientists now claim that they have proof of Planet Nine.

The existence of "Planet Nine" has been a source of fierce debate within the scientific community since it was first theorised in 2014.

Batygin also states that if Planet Nine does not exist, then we may have bigger problems to deal with, namely finding another reason why the objects and planets are acting in these weird ways. "All of a sudden, you have five different puzzles, and you must come up with five different theories to explain them". This group of objects is located in the Kuiper Belt, a region of icy bodies that start as far away as Neptune and stretch out from there.

It is being said that the objects are tilted 30 degrees downward compared to the plane where the eight official planets circle the sun.

The last telltale sign of Planet Nine's presence involves the solar system's contrarians: objects from the Kuiper Belt that orbit in the opposite direction from everything else in the solar system.

Starting previous year, it's been suggested by some astronomers that a large, undiscovered planet could be orbiting at the far end of our solar system, subtly throwing off other planets' orbits without otherwise being detected. One of the graduates from Caltech said that eight planets in our solar system could have been titled by planet nine for the past 4.5 billion years. Researchers also made use of computer simulations of the solar system including the Planet Nine and to demonstrate that there should be more objects tilted a whopping 90 degrees to solar plane.

Pluto was considered the ninth planet in the solar system until around a decade ago, when it became clear there were plenty of other objects just as big floating around.

But where did Planet Nine come from? The new research paper offers the most detailed prediction of Planet Nine's orbit.

Talking about Planet Nine, Caltech professor of planetary science Konstantin Batygin said, "There have been new detections of distant Kuiper belt objects since the publication of our original paper".

The search for Planet Nine is an interesting one that once again brings to mind the incredible vastness of the universe. Weighing in at roughly 10 times Earth's mass, the proposed Planet Nine would make a good fit.

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