Article Link: https://advocator.ca/science/astronomers-are-closer-than-ever-to-spotting-planet-nine/9147
Those times are long gone since Pluto was demoted to the dwarf planet status back in 2006.
Reasons why Planet Nine exists
There is proof that shows us that a ninth planet could exist. The first time Planet Nine was mentioned was back in 2016, in a paper written by astrophysicists Konstantin Batygin and Michael Brown. Back then, they discovered that in the Kuiper Belt region comets and asteroids orbit in the same direction, and, more than that, they had their orbits tilted in the same way.
Looking for Planet Nine
At the moment scientists are using the Japanese Subaru Telescope in Hawaii’s Mauna Kea Observatory to observe the orbits of the solar system objects. They are trying to find more evidence for their theory, and, at the same time, they try to determine the size of the mysterious planet.
Scientists believe that Planet Nine is five times larger than planet Earth, and its orbit is supposed to be beyond Neptune.
According to NASA
Article Link: https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/hypothetical-planet-x/in-depth/
Caltech researchers have found mathematical evidence suggesting there may be a “Planet X” deep in the solar system. This hypothetical Neptune-sized planet orbits our Sun in a highly elongated orbit far beyond Pluto. The object, which the researchers have nicknamed “Planet Nine,” could have a mass about 10 times that of Earth and orbit about 20 times farther from the Sun on average than Neptune. It may take between 10,000 and 20,000 Earth years to make one full orbit around the Sun.
The announcement does not mean there is a new planet in our solar system. The existence of this distant world is only theoretical at this point and no direct observation of the object nicknamed “Planet 9” have been made. The mathematical prediction of a planet could explain the unique orbits of some smaller objects in the Kuiper Belt, a distant region of icy debris that extends far beyond the orbit of Neptune. Astronomers are now searching for the predicted planet.
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