Nicknamed Planet 9, or more ominously Planet X, scientists now believe they have the evidence to prove that there is a new addition to our tiny solar system. Of course, “new addition” is completely the wrong phrase to use here because Planet X has been there all along, this is just the first time we’ve heard of it.
For the records, no one has seen the planet yet. According to astronomers Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown, the evidence for its existence is the orbital patterns of various objects way out there in the Kuiper Belt, the icy fringe of our solar system. Essentially, in order for these far out objects to maintain their elliptical orbits there would need to be another large, dense object out there. Like a planet! I’d better leave the explanations to the real scientists:
The scientists suggest that we could spot Planet X within the next 5 years or so. Crazy stuff! It’s no done deal yet. Some scientists are holding out until the thing is actually spotted. Skepticism is always important, but so is excitement. In a publish or die world, scientist should not be afraid to pitch ideas that may turn out to be wrong. That’s how progress is made. Read more from the Boston Globe here!
I’m still putting my hope into a spacecraft getting out to the Booze Comet.