The Hidden 9th Planet
For centuries, many astronomers have claimed that what lies beyond Pluto (which has been downgraded recently to a dwarf planet), is another, unknown, Neptune-sized planet, referred to as Planet X. The problem has been no one has ever really been able to prove the planets existence definitively, that is, until today.
Astronomers Konstantin Batygin, and Mike Brown, of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena today have announced that at long last, the search for the 9th planet, Planet X, has finally got some solid evidence behind it. Though it has yet to be completely verified, many astronomers agree, saying, that the huge planet does in fact exist and orbits the sun in a massive orbit approximately every 15,000 years.
In the past, the claims of a 9th planet have been brushed off, pushed aside, and not taken very seriously. But now that these claims are coming directly from a source that is well respected in the field of astronomy, and is beginning to be taken more seriously in the scientific community as a whole. Planet X, if it does exist is predicted to be approximately 1 to 10 times the mass of the Earth.
Various scientists from outside of Batygin and Browns organization agree that the calculations they’ve made are solid. Gregory Laughlin, a planetary scientist at the University of California (UC), Santa Cruz told SCIENCE, “I could not imagine a bigger deal if—and of course, that’s a boldface ‘if’—if it turns out to be right, what’s thrilling about it is [the planet] is detectable.”
This is big news in the scientific world, and it really could have a huge impact, and change the dynamics of everything we thought we knew about the composition of our solar system.