Space is a very humbling thing, just once we think we’ve figured something out we realise there is something else we need to learn. Our very Solar System is an example of that with scientists now claiming that there’s even more proof to back up the evidence of a ninth planet in the solar system.
The ninth planet was first speculated in January by a few scientists, but now it would seem that Mike Brown, a planetary astronomer at Caltech University, believes he’s found even more evidence that our solar system may, in fact, have this mysterious ninth planet. The speculation about a ninth planet has only been helped by the research conducted by Brown and a colleague who originally claimed that the behaviour of six objects in the Kuiper Belt supports the existence of another large and distant object.
The Kuiper Belt is a large cloud of icy objects that orbit the sun, just beyond the reach of Neptune and now it would seem that another object in the belt shares the same behaviour as the six bodies that were previously measured.
There is a lot of room in this theory with the bodies suggesting that their movement has been affected by a large planet somewhere between 200 and 1,200 times the distance between the Sun and the Earth. Mike Brown tweeted saying that the new objects location, matching up with the theory of Planet Nine, does nothing but support the idea of another planet in our system.
Hey Planet Nine fans, a new eccentric KBO was discovered. And it is exactly where Planet Nine says it should be. pic.twitter.com/oZn0RDq8JF
— Mike Brown (@plutokiller) March 24, 2016
With no peer-reviewed journal yet to back the claims for a ninth planet, it’s still up for discussion as we wait and see if our solar system may just gain a ninth planet (I’m sorry Pluto, we don’t mean to replace you).