Life outside of Earth has long perplexed human beings. Can there be intelligent life beyond our blue, green planet and if so, why have they not contacted us? But when you zoom out, there are so many solar systems out there that it is nearly impossible for there NOT to be life beyond this planet.
Recent studies have shown a planet, designated as Planet 9, that could be a source of interest and disaster for our home planet.
Caltech astronomers have postulated the idea that a 9th major planet may be located in our solar system.
This ‘Planet 9’ is approximately 700 times farther from the sun than Earth.
What is interesting is that there is a select class of objects known as trans-Neptunian objects that lay way beyond Neptune’s orbit.
Because they are so far away, even the most advanced telescopes have failed to find this Planet 9. However, observational data has suggested and shown that there is something working on the orbits of these small bodies on the far reaches of our solar system.
Planets orbit an object with a greater mass. The Earth, Neptune, Mars and all the other planets orbit the Sun because of the Sun’s higher mass.
However, it has been noticed that the orbits of these objects are a little off. They are spinning ‘the wrong way’ and astronomers are not sure what is acting on these small bodies.
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