BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Jim Green, NASA’s director of planetary science has just released a press comment regarding the existence of Planet Nine. According to Green, Planet Nine might be around the corner, but there is no substantial evidence to prove this fact.
For some time now, the scientifical world spoke about the existence of a ninth planet in our Solar System. According to their theory, the elusive planet lies somewhere in the Kuiper Belt, a small region of space, filled with compact ice objects. Pluto, the dwarf planet is situated on the outskirts of this icy belt.
The reason why the debate about the ninth planet rekindled lies in a scientifical paper published on the 20th of January. According to this paper, deep inside the Kuiper Belt, there are a number of unexplained astronomical events. These events are related to the orbit of some objects situated in the belt.
The team of astronomers and astrophysicists working on the project declared that the only thing that can explain the movement of these celestial bodies is the existence of body large enough to affect them.
This theory managed to respark the talks about the ninth planet, an elusive celestial body that is rumored to be more massive than our own planet. By studying the gravitation effects on the icy bodies situated in the Kuiper Belt, the astronomers estimated that if the ninth planet exists, then it would have 10 times the mass of Earth.
The initial groundwork was laid down by researchers Chad Trujillo and Scott Shepard in 2014. However, the theory managed to sprout wings only in 2016, after Konstantin Batygin and M.E. Brown managed to make additional calculations about the celestial body’s movement.
According to the scientist’s estimation, Planet Nine is 10 times bigger than Earth, and it also have 5000 the mass of the dwarf planet. Due to the fact that the planet is so far away from the Sun, it would take planet Nine approximately 15.000 years to make a complete revolution around the Sun.
Also, due to the fact that the planet lies in the Kuiper Belt, Nine’s atmosphere would be made up of hydrogen and helium.
Speculations regarding the existence of a ninth planet in our Solar System resurface in 2004, although, since then no one has discovered any trace of the elusive giant. Moreover, Green said that if the planet existed it could’ve been easily pick off by Subaru Telescope situated in Hawaii.
Although many scientists think that Planet Nine might be around the corner, it seems that the planet doesn’t want to reveal its position. Green also pointed out that more direct observations are needed in order to see if this planet exists or not.