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Scientists have discovered a new planet in the solar system! 1/23/2016 •

On the 20th of January scientists from California Institute of Technology Dr Mike Brown and Dr Konstantin Batygin reported they have strong evidence that there is an unknown massive planet which orbit is far beyond Neptune and Pluto.


According to the researchers, the newly discovered object doesn't fall under the category of dwarf planets. On the contrary, it proves to be rather big with the mass about 10 Earths.

Dr Brown and Dr Batygin have never observed the planet with the help of telescopes: they know about it due to numerous calculations. For instance, its gravitation has a considerable impact upon distant objects in the Kuiper Belt.

It’s early to talk about its physical characteristics other than mass and orbit because more thorough research is needed. First and foremost, the existence of Planet X has to be confirmed by direct observations. Still scientists suppose it may resemble Neptune or Uranus.

The orbit of Planet X is enormously distant from the sun: it is 20 times as far as the orbit of Neptune!


What’s more interesting, it may be not the only massive object or even planet located in the periphery of the Solar System and which waits to be discovered: our system is huge, the gravitational influence of the Sun reaches almost 100,000 astronomical units! As a comparison, the objects of the Kuiper Belt are located at the maximum distance of 80 astronomical units. Thus, huge space still needs to be explored.

What do you think about this discovery? Share your opinion in the comments!

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54 Comments
Tabitha Elizabeth-Reber Howard Carter
Tabitha Elizabeth-Reber Howard Carter
Wow!!! What does it mean to us? Could it be a Cause for concern or no?
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Jan 23, 2016 3:23AM
Leigh Gerhard
No that where I going of Trump is president.
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Jan 23, 2016 9:52PM
Allen Meyer
Allen Meyer
Planet X undoubtedly traverses the broad zone where many Kuiper belt objects exist, and its passage could dislodge some of them to head in toward the Sun, and toward Earth. It may well have been such an object that created the Yucatan's Chicxulub crater and exterminated the dinosaurs. So yes, it may pose a long-term threat. But as Leigh Gerhard notes, there are closer apocalyptic threats.
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Jan 23, 2016 10:06PM
Gail Barton
Gail Barton
maybe it's going to be "our new earth"
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Jan 23, 2016 10:07PM
John Knight
Not that far out, it is way beyond the "Goldielocks zone"!
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Jan 23, 2016 10:12PM
Raymond Davis
Raymond Davis
We have been hearing about planet x for a few years now they are able to prove it...
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Jan 23, 2016 10:19PM
Darcy Faegre
Ahem, it's not Planet X, it's Planet IX.
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Jan 23, 2016 10:24PM
Alexander ClydenGinny
Alexander ClydenGinny
Not surprised. God has many things to show us. This is just another of many creations He has given us.
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Jan 23, 2016 10:52PM
Tom Young
Interesting....
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Jan 23, 2016 10:53PM
knh
knh
Better start packing now because he will be the next president.
3
Jan 23, 2016 11:30PM

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