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New “planet nine” found?

By: Daniela Ferrer

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have found some evidence in our solar system that support the possibility of something that could be a real ninth planet. It was given the nickname Planet Nine, and it is said to have “a mass about 100 times that of earth, orbiting 20 times farther from the sun than Neptune.” This leads to Caltech’s supposition that it may take this new planet from 10,000 to 20,000 years to complete one full orbit around the sun.

Although researchers Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown haven’t seen the planet, further research lead to the conclusion that there is one and that it does exist. They discovered that objects in the Kuiper Belt, or the field of icy objects and debris beyond Neptune, contained orbits that strangely pointed in the same direction. Mathematical modeling and computer simulation eventually led these researchers to the conclusion “that a planet was exerting the gravity necessary to shape these orbits.” Despite that there is much more research to be done, researchers still hope to find it, have it recognized as an actual planet in our solar system, and for it to result in a successful discovery.

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