Mike Brown and Konstantin Batygin, the two astronomers from Caltech, might have stumbled upon what seems to be the ninth planet in the Solar system. It is supposed to be 500 times bigger than Pluto is and is located at a distance of 5,000 miles from the earth. The scientists have come up with a good evidence to support this Planet X hypothesis.
The two astronomers noticed somewhat odd behavior in the solar system, and they came to the conclusion that it can be due to an unseen world that is farther from the Sun.
Is the evidence enough?
The evidence includes things with some peculiar alignment known as Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs). These are the ice-bound orbs almost similar to those on Pluto and look like massive hailstones. These objects are scattered across the distant and dim posterior regions of the solar system.
When these objects were discovered around ten years ago, the scientists concluded that Pluto was not a planet but just one of the oversized hailstones or KBOs. The Planet X is considered to be almost equal to Neptune, its nearest neighbor in size and can be having a similar number or, even more, rings and moons. It is so far away that it might be taking around 10,000 to 20,000 years to complete one rotation around the Sun.
The two scientists at the California Institute of Technology have named it as ‘Planet 9’. The prediction is based on the computer and mathematical modeling and expects that the planet will be discovered via telescope in five years or even less. The duo published their research in the Astronomical Journal to garner support in finding the Planet 9.
While talking to The Associated Press, astronomer Mike Brown, said that they could have quietly searched on for the next five years in the hope to find it but want that somebody should find it sooner instead of wasting much time.