A possible ninth planet found in our solar system
After Pluto was downgraded to a dwarf planet back in 2006 we were down to 8 true planets in our solar system until now.
Scientists have found evidence of a ninth planet in the solar system which is travelling on a elongated orbit. The body, which has been dubbed ‘Planet Nine’ is 10 times the mass of Earth and takes between 10,000 and 20,000 years to orbit the Sun. ‘Planet Nine’ was found by researchers at the California Institute of Technology who were puzzled as to why 13 objects in the Kuiper Belt were all being moved by the gravity of a huge object. After running computer simulations to see what was having an effect they found that only a massive planet could be causing the strange movement.
The Astronomer Royal Prof Sir Martin Rees said that telescopes should be able to see the planet.
“If it exists, it should be detectable,” said Prof Rees. “So we must wait until searches with big telescopes have been carried out. These are indirect arguments, but they should motivate a more intensive search for an inferred far-away planet.”
Image source: sciencepenguin.com