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A Real Planet "X" Is Predicted

A Real Planet "X" Is Predicted

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Wednesday, January 20, 2016/Categories: natural history, space science, adventure

                        Artist Concept of Planet Nine (credit: Caltech)

 

Caltech researchers have determined that a real Planet "X" exists in the outer solar system. Using mathematical modeling, astromoners determined the planet has a mass 10X that of Earth, follows an eliptical orbit 20X further out than Neptunes, and requires 10-20,000 years to complete a single orbit around the sun. It has been nicknamed, Planet Nine.

In making their announcement, one of the researchers commented;

"only two real planets have been discovered since ancient times so this would be the third."

The new planet's large size as well as its strange orbit, gravitationally influences the movements of all the other icy bodies in the region known as the Kuiper Belt. Planet Nice has such an unusual orbit that it organizes the already known Kuiper belt objects into distinctive orbits themselves. These include orbits that are perpendicularperpendicular to the plane of new planet's eliptical one around the sun. The Caltech astronomers published their finding in Astronomical Journal in hopes that other investigators will study their calculations to try to locate evidence of the new planet directly.

                                

                           Planet Nine Orbit (blue) Influences and Kuiper Belt Objects (purple/gold)  (credit: Caltech)

The Kuiper Belt is also that region the outer solar system now being explored by the New Horizons probe that flew past Pluto in 2015. Maybe it can be routed into the hunt for Planet Nine as well.

The object, which the researchers have nicknamed Planet Nine, has a mass about 10 times that of Earth and orbits about 20 times farther from the sun on average than does Neptune (which orbits the sun at an average distance of 2.8 billion miles). - See more at: http://www.caltech.edu/news/caltech-researchers-find-evidence-real-ninth-planet-49523#sthash.WkHuPDCh.dpuf
The object, which the researchers have nicknamed Planet Nine, has a mass about 10 times that of Earth and orbits about 20 times farther from the sun on average than does Neptune (which orbits the sun at an average distance of 2.8 billion miles). - See more at: http://www.caltech.edu/news/caltech-researchers-find-evidence-real-ninth-planet-49523#sthash.WkHuPDCh.dpufn making the announcements, one of the researchers commented that

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