There could be a ninth planet out there, as we reported recently, and we’re not talking about Pluto. And it’s the fascinating story about how scientists have come to this conclusion that truly makes this an intriguing mystery about our solar system, from the strange behavior of objects in our solar system to the fascinating reality of the potential planet itself. For those not in the know, astronomers believe that there is an alien world that exists in our solar system, one that could be four times the size of Earth and ten times its mass. It is so large that it would be considered our ninth planet, hence the name Planet Nine. Recently researchers have found that the paths of a number of icy plants beyond Neptune have been disrupted and they think that this new planet is to blame. The potential planet has such a large landmass that its orbit would take between 10,000 to 20,000 years to make one single pass around the sun. With such a large orbit, it is no wonder why it is so hard to spot, though researchers are confident that they will find it soon. NASA issued a statement recently that suggests scientists think there’s a strong possibility that massive planet 10 times the mass of Earth and 20 times farther out than Neptune could be lurking in the depths of the solar system. It’s a theory that could help explain some very strange things scientists have been observing According to NASA, this ninth planet is so distant that even with its large size, it is nearly undetectable. The large size of Planet Nine, however, is affecting bodies that lie within the inner solar system and is perhaps even tilting the entire solar system to one side. To be able to exert such a force on the solar system, Planet Nine, as per current estimates, should have 10 times the mass of the Earth. The planet is also believed to be 20 times farther from the Sun than Neptune is. According to Konstantin Batygin, a planetary astrophysicist at Caltech in Pasadena, who has been tracking the elusive Planet Nine for several years, it is now difficult to imagine our solar system without this Planet Nine.
“There are now five different lines of observational evidence pointing to the existence of Planet Nine. If you were to remove this explanation and imagine Planet Nine does not exist, then you generate more problems than you solve. All of a sudden, you have five different puzzles, and you must come up with five different theories to explain them.” Dr. Batygin explains that all of these objects have elliptical orbits that all point in the same direction while being tilted 30 degrees downward from the plane that the rest of our known planets have. Batygin and his scientists also created a computer simulation that proved that there should be more objects in space tilted to 90 degrees, as our eight planets currently do. They believe that only a massive landmass could cause these disruptions. The scientists believe that Planet Nine may have been around for the last 4.5 billion years and that it could have tilted our eight planets into the positions that we know today. They also believe that even the existence of Planet Nine might explain why the objects in the Kuiper Belt orbit in the opposite direction of every other object in the solar system. Batygin also states that if Planet Nine does not exist, then we may have bigger problems to deal with, namely finding another reason why the objects and planets are acting in these bizarre ways. To find the planet, the researchers are using the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii, which they believe is the best tool for the job. The search for Planet Nine is an interesting one that once again brings to mind the incredible vastness of the universe. Nibiru has been blamed for a variety of things – strange events on Earth, days of darkness where the sun won’t rise, and even the potential destruction of Earth. One man has said, repeatedly, that the planet is going to cause the apocalypse on Earth – changing the date when that doesn’t become true. Of course, any planet that Nasa discovered almost certainly won’t have any of the attributes that believers in Nibiru ascribe to it. It won’t be heading to Earth to destroy us all]]>