Our solar system’s MISSING alien world could be found ‘in less than a decade’ as astronomers close in on ‘Planet Nine’

Our solar system's MISSING alien world could be found 'in less than a decade' as astronomers close in on 'Planet Nine'

THE MYSTERIOUS Planet Nine – which might not even exist – could be uncovered within the next decade.
Scientists have long suspected that a ninth planet is lurking in the outer reaches of our solar system, and new space-mapping technology brings its discovery closer every day.
Reuters A ninth planet may be hidden far beyond Neptune
Pluto was long considered to be the ninth planet, but technically lost its status after an official definition for the term “planet” was created – with Pluto failing to meet the criteria.
But some experts believed that another massive object is hiding far beyond Neptune.
That’s because objects beyond Neptune have weird orbits, suggesting that a large object is influencing their motion with gravity.
And now a new paper from the University of Michigan and Caltech – and published in Physics Reports – claims we may be as close as nine years away from discovery.
CALTECH, R. HURT Distant objects far away from the Sun have curious orbits – which could be explained by Planet Nine
Fred Adams, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at UoM, is convinced that there’s plenty of evidence for a ninth planet.
“The strongest argument in favour of Planet Nine is that independent lines of evidence can all be explained by a proposed new planet with the same properties,” Adams explained.
“In other words, there are multiple reasons to believe that Planet Nine is real, not just one.”
Adams thinks that new sky-mapping technology gives us a much better opportunity to find Planet Nine – or at the very least, rule it out.
The number of discoveries of new solar system objects and “exoplanets” (planets outside of our solar system) has increased exponentially in recent decades.
And we may now be on the cusp of a major breakthrough, according to Adams.
“With its proposed properties, Planet Nine is right on the edge of being observable,” he explained.
“But this is a very dim object in a very big sky. Since we don’t know exactly where it is, you have to survey the whole sky, or at least large portions of it, in order to find the planet.
LINDER / MORDASINI / UNI BERN A team of Swiss scientists speculated what Planet Nine might be like
“Over the course of the next 10 years we will have deeper and deeper – which means more sensitive – sky surveys.
“So I think by 2030 we will have seen it or will have a better idea of where it is.
“Of course, it’s also possible that by then we could also have alternate explanations for the observed orbital anomalies.”
Researchers think Planet Nine is lurking far beyond Neptune, influencing the orbit of nearby space objects
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Planet Nine has never been observed, and was first suggested in 2016 to explain the wobbly orbits of objects in the Kuiper Belt, a region beyond Neptune filled with dwarf planets and icy debris.
Scientists thought the gravitational pull of an undiscovered ninth planet in the solar system could be yanking the space bodies into strange orbits.
But a new University of Cambridge study suggests these movements have a far simpler explanation.
The orbits are instead being warped by a huge disk of icy objects in the Kuiper Belt.
The disk is ten times heavier than Earth, meaning it weighs 60,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 kilograms.
It is made up of debris leftover from the formation of the solar system that has long since frozen over.
Computer simulations carried out by the team show such a disk explains the orbits of Kuiper belt objects, also known as Trans Neptunian Objects (TNOs).
“The Planet Nine hypothesis is a fascinating one, but if the hypothesised ninth planet exists, it has so far avoided detection,” said study author Antranik Sefilian.
“We wanted to see whether there could be another, less dramatic and perhaps more natural, cause for the unusual orbits we see in some TNOs.
“We thought, rather than allowing for a ninth planet, and then worry about its formation and unusual orbit, why not simply account for the gravity of small objects constituting a disc beyond the orbit of Neptune and see what it does for us?”

The existence of Planet Nine is one of the greatest mysteries about our solar system – so scientists are desperate to find it.
Doctoral candidate Juliette Becker, from U-M’s Department of Astronomy, says that the discovery could help explain the existence (and strange orbit) of 2015 BP519, a dwarf planet beyond Neptune.
“Planet Nine is a really good explanation for 2015 BP519 – the physics works perfectly,” said Becker.
“However, until we see Planet Nine in an image and are sure it’s there, I don’t feel like we’ve truly solved the mystery of its origin.
“The presence of Planet Nine would beautifully and coherently answer several seemingly unrelated open questions about the solar system.
“I look forward to the day we either see it or rule it out so that we can conclusively answer these questions.”
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The dwarf planet ‘Goblin’ discovery could prove mysterious Planet Nine exists – but conspiracy nuts say it’ll crash into Earth and kill us all.
Christian numerologist David Meade blurted out a number of failed predictions that Planet Nine would hit our planet in 2017.
Nasa has repeatedly stated that the planet is not on a collision course with Earth, branding such theories “hoaxes”.
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