The search for the elusive Planet Nine has been intensifying after scientists may have found new traces that demonstrate its existence.
As some users still consider Pluto, the dwarf planet, as our Solar System’s ninth planet, the scientists continue to search the sky and the space maps for actual evidence of the Planet Nine.
The possible spatial body, which has first come to the astronomers’ attention back in 2003, is a great cause of dispute as there are still quite a few that refuse to believe in its existence and instead claim it to be an impossibility.
Planet Nine was first brought into question when astronomers observed the strange and unexpected orbits of some of our solar system’s farthest objects.
As the scientists observed the elongated orbit of the space object, known as Sedna, they determined its most probable cause as being the gravitational influence of another unseen and unknown giant planet on the outskirts of our Universe.
Since then, more such inexplicable orbits have been found, with 2014 marking the official start date of the race for Planet Nine, or X, as it is also known,
New evidence meant to confirm the mysterious planet’s existence has reportedly been brought at the American Astronomical Meeting that took place in Pasadena, California last week.
These new traces were found as a result of the study undertook by a team of university of Arizona researchers that studied the paths and trajectories of six space objects orbiting in the Kuiper Belt.
The Kuiper Belt is the solar system region located at the far edges of our known Solar System, well beyond Neptune.
The six objects have come to be known as Kuiper Belt Objects and present elliptical, elongated orbital trajectories that either bring them very close to the Sun or very far away, at a distance of more than a few hundred Astronomical Units away. An astronomical unit is equal to the distance between the Sun and our planet.
The Kuiper Belt Objects have long since been the subject of various studies as their strange tilt in objects was hard to explain, and for some even harder to accept as both past and current research seem to indicate Planet Nine as their most probable cause.
If the scientists’ theory is proven to be true, the new planet should be located in the Orion constellation and be about ten times larger than Earth, with an orbit of a staggering 660 AUs away from our Solar System’s center.
As the six new Kuiper Belt Objects have been added to the category of Planet Nine-influenced space bodies, researchers consider it is only a matter of time before the elusive planet will be discovered.
As the race for Planet Nine is getting hotter, and the world’s best telescopes being trained towards it, another question could be posed. Why hasn’t the supposed giant been spotted yet?
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