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‘Planet Nine’ could be tilting our solar system

Researchers from Caltech have found evidence that suggests the existence of an unknown planet in our solar system, making our neighbourhood potentially more exciting.

According to researchers Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown, Planet Nine, as they’ve named it, is approximately 10 times bigger than Earth and orbits about 20 times further from the Sun.

It has to be noted that the researchers discovered the planet’s “existence” using mathematical modelling and computer simulations and have not observed the object directly.

The so-called Planet Nine seems to have an elongated orbit in the outer solar system

“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,” said Brown in a blog post.

More research suggests that the unknown planet, which would only orbit the Sun once every 10 000 to 20 000 years, might be responsible for tilting our solar system due to its large gravitational pull, as seen below.

Featured image: NASA via Flickr 

2 Comments

  1. Manuel Costa

    November 5, 2016 at 12:59 am

    Nice. I will add a link in my blog: https://producaoindustrialblog.wordpress.com/

  2. yaridanjo

    November 6, 2016 at 7:08 am

    We found the mass and orbital parameter of a massive planet in our outer solar system in 2002. Following the hints Madam Blavatsky left, we got the following complete set of parameters and we dubbed it Vulcan as she named it. Its the C”EV orbit:

    http://www.barry.warmkessel.com/2002Paper.html

    Parameter C”EV Orbit C*EV Orbit Max. Error Min Error
    Period (years) 4969.0 5058.7 +30.4/- 24.3 +/- 11.5
    Orbital Eccentricity 0.537 0.514 +0.088/-0.035 +/- 0.0085
    Orbital Inclination 48.44o 48.38o +3.12o/-9.05o +/- 0.23o
    Longitude of the Ascending Node 189.0o 188.6o +/- 1.3o +/- 1.3o
    Argument Of Perihelion 257.8o 258.06o +6.11o/-13.47o +/- 0.90o
    Time of Aphelion (years) 1970 AD 1970 AD +/- 1.0 +/- 1.0

    Notice that the orbital inclination is 48.44 +/- 0.23 degrees (two sigma uncertainty)

    UA astronomers have recently found the orbital tilt of Planet Nine to be 18 or 48 degrees.

    http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2016/03080928-planet-nine-update.html

    https://arxiv.org/pdf/1603.02196v3.pdf

    Astronomer found three of our orbital parameters in 1880.

    http://www.barry.warmkessel.com/vulcanrevealed.html#5

    Its mass can be computed from object on the 4300 year old Akkadian seal to be 141 +/-35 earth masses.

    http://www.barry.warmkessel.com/vulcanrevealed.html#2

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