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Planet 9 From Outer Space May Well Be Real

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Solar system may have 9 planets after all; Pluto still not one of them

The mnemonic device that people used in the last millennium to remember the planets in our solar system ‒ My Very Enormous Mother Just Sat Upon Nine Pies ‒ may be correct again. But that P still won’t stand for Pluto. Instead it’ll be “Planet Nine.”

.Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (or Caltech) announced they have found evidence of a “giant planet tracing a bizarre, highly elongated orbit in the outer reaches of the solar system.” They dubbed the icy orb “Planet Nine.”

The Caltech scientists ‒ Mike Brown, professor of planetary astronomy, and Konstantin Batygin, assistant professor of planetary science ‒ believe the planet’s mass is 10 times that of Earth, and 5,000 times the mass of Pluto.

“This would be a real ninth planet,” Brown said in a statement. “There have only been two true planets discovered since ancient times, and this would be a third. It’s a pretty substantial chunk of our solar system that’s still out there to be found, which is pretty exciting.”


Planet Nine gravitationally dominates the outer reaches of the solar system, more so than any of the other known planets, making it “the most planet-y of the planets in the whole solar system,” Brown said.

The two researchers discovered Planet Nine’s potential existence through mathematical modeling and computer simulations. Which means they haven’t actually seen it.

“Although we were initially quite skeptical that this planet could exist, as we continued to investigate its orbit and what it would mean for the outer solar system, we become increasingly convinced that it is out there,” Batygin said. “For the first time in over 150 years, there is solid evidence that the solar system’s planetary census is incomplete.”

But its presence there would explain a number of mysterious features of the field of icy objects and debris beyond Neptune called the Kuiper Belt, they wrote in their paper published in the current issue of the Astronomical Journal. The six most distant objects in that area all follow elliptical orbits that point in the same direction in physical space ‒ a highly unusual and surprising pattern.

“It’s almost like having six hands on a clock all moving at different rates, and when you happen to look up, they’re all in exactly the same place,” Brown said, noting that the odds of having that happen are something like 1 in 100. The odds of them all tilting about 30 degrees downward in the same direction relative to the plane of the eight current planets in the solar system are even more astronomical, at about 0.007 percent.

“Basically it shouldn’t happen randomly,” Brown says. “So we thought something else must be shaping these orbits.”

“Your natural response is ‘This orbital geometry can’t be right. This can’t be stable over the long term because, after all, this would cause the planet and these objects to meet and eventually collide’,” Batygin said.

“Still, I was very skeptical,” says Batygin. “I had never seen anything like this in celestial mechanics.”

Another thing that Planet Nine helps explain is why our solar system doesn’t have the most common type of planet, as the potential planet would fill that vacancy.


“One of the most startling discoveries about other planetary systems has been that the most common type of planet out there has a mass between that of Earth and that of Neptune,” Batygin said. “Until now, we’ve thought that the solar system was lacking in this most common type of planet. Maybe we’re more normal after all.”

Brown, who played a significant role in the demotion of Pluto to a dwarf planet, hopes that this discovery will appease those people who are still upset about the 2006 announcement.

“All those people who are mad that Pluto is no longer a planet can be thrilled to know that there is a real planet out there still to be found,” he says. “Now we can go and find this planet and make the solar system have nine planets once again.”

Yet Brown doesn’t need to garner the glory that actually observing Planet Nine would give him.

“I would love to find it,” says Brown. “But I’d also be perfectly happy if someone else found it. That is why we’re publishing this paper. We hope that other people are going to get inspired and start searching.”


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8 Responses to "Planet 9 From Outer Space May Well Be Real"

  1. LC  January 22, 2016 at 10:02 pm

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  2. Dan  January 22, 2016 at 5:19 am

    As intriguing, testable, and falsifiable as this hypothesis appears to be, your suspicion of funding bias is not without merit. Nature has a large and interesting forum, “Challenges of Irreproducible Research,” seeking to cure the epidemic of false scientific claims published in refereed journals. Psychology takes the cake with fully half its published research findings irreproducible on closer examination by experts, and I believe medical research isn’t far behind. String Theory and multiverse cosmologists like Sean Carroll are now frantically trying to justify their oxymoronical “post-empirical science,” probably to keep the grants and pay checks coming, claiming their naturalistic mythologizing in abstruse mathematical language need not be testable, falsifiable, or correspond to observation so long as it’s basically elegant and consistent with itself. Nature demolishes this nonsense in their editorial, “Scientific Method, Defending the Integrity of Physics,” for those who may be interested. No one’s questioning science, just pointing out that a lot of bulls**t is shoved in our faces in its name.

  3. mylomorph  January 21, 2016 at 11:32 am

    excellent bit of movie research. are the so called elite more worried about WHO is coming , than WHAT is coming. their DUMBS should be called DUGS deep underground GRAVES. peace and justice for ALL. mylo

  4. nawlins  January 21, 2016 at 6:45 am

    Isaac Asimov wrote about an extrasolar planet called Nemesis, and this from research from the 40’s and 50’s.

  5. Sukhoi Berkut  January 21, 2016 at 2:54 am

    The total number of plants is 12.
    I do not need a telescope to discover that. It is in every single aspect of the human history since ancient times:
    12 months of the year.
    12 signs of zodiac.
    12 hours in the clock
    12 followers of Christ
    12 tribes of israel
    12 imans of islam
    even bananas were sold by dozen (12), as the eggs still are.

    Christ + 12 followers = 13 = sun + 12 planets

    There is some chance that 1 or 2 of such planets got destructed, by natural causes or by war, generating the asteroids belts.

    The ancient capacity to identify the number of planets means that a very advanced civilization lived here, Atlantis.

  6. Aziz Khalfan  January 20, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    Of course it is not believable that this so called ‘new planet’ lurking in our immediate neighborhood had gone undetected for all these years since the number of planets were known since the 7th century as what the Quran says in Surat Yusuf 12:4

    [Of these stories mention] when Joseph said to his father, “O my father, indeed I have seen [in a dream] eleven stars and the sun and the moon; I saw them prostrating to me.”

    Had this planet actually existed it would have been suspected of its existence due to its pertubatory affects it had on nearby bodies but I think Mr Science is trying to tell us that there may be a gargantuan body out there that may be sentient and perhaps not too friendly to the fallen humanity.

    I quote the Quran not because I am such a religious person but rather that it uncannily mentioned the correct numbers of the planets way long ago.

    • Monty!  January 25, 2016 at 6:12 am

      You don’t have to be religious to quote The Holy Quran. However, it helps if you have a pea-sized brain to distinguish the difference between the topic of the article, planets, and stars that are refered to in the historical event on the dream and it’s significance on the life of Prophet Yusuf (Joseph).

      Simply put, as you must have nodded off in geography classes (very common amongst American kids, who can’t even point at the continent of Africa on an atlas) :-

      1) A planet revolves around a star.
      2) Either of them CANNOT be morphed into the other.
      3) A planet doesn’t emit any source of light of it’s own, but a star does Always.
      4) The Holy Quran mentions stars bowing, ie, refers to his brothers signifying the stars.
      5) If only you would have bothered to read the next verses, his father tells him of it’s meaning.
      6) Too much info there, I believe, for your little mind to take in all in one day/ The End.

  7. Victor King  January 20, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    Could this be the fabled Nibiru, home of the Annunaki? Maybe Zecharia Sitchin was right all along.

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