Planet X, or Nibiru: Is the new planet really the ninth in our solar system
This is something that has taken the astronomers by surprise. When they were sure that the solar system had just eight planets, come reports that there may be a brand new full planet seeking its days of glory on the world map.
After initial round of skepticism, astronomers are near unanimous about the presence of another full planet in our solar system. If confirmed, it will become the ninth planet of our solar system.
There used to be nine planets, but then Pluto was pronounced as a dwarf planet.
If rumors are true, this will completely change our perception of solar system and the possibility that another full planet may emerge in the days to come. Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown, two CalTech scientists, say the new planet is about 10 times the mass of Earth and has an atmosphere of hydrogen and helium. Science magazine reports that the mysterious “Planet X” moves in a distant orbit beyond Neptune.
This also shows that our research about the solar system is still incomplete and we havenâ€™t scoured the solar system as much as to find such huge planets. The researchers haven’t observed Planet X itself, but believe it exists because of the unique configuration of six objects when they come closest to the sun, according to Science.
Researchers are of the opinion that the scientists say that there’s a 0.007 percent probability that the configuration is due to chance, and instead are confident it’s a ninth planet. They believe they will observe the planet with a telescope within five years, according to The Associated Press.
In a statement released to the media Batygin said, “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 thereâ€¦There is solid evidence that the solar system’s planetary census is incomplete.”