It seems that planet Nine is not the only missing planet in our solar system. According to research, the elusive planet dubbed Planet Nine or Planet X may not be alone out there as researchers find evidence of more objects in the outer edges of our star system.
The group of scientists that came up with the idea that there is a giant planet lurking the outer edges of our star system has had their forum re-visited by researchers who have found that there are more planets still undiscovered lurking on the edge of our solar system.
Not long ago, researchers from the researchers from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) found evidence of a ‘rogue’ planet, ten times the mass of Earth located somewhere on the edge of our solar system. According to initial calculations, the object takes around 20,000 years to complete a full orbit around our star.
The team managed to come up with this theory after they studied the orbit of six large objects in our solar system called extreme trans-Neptunian objects (ETNOs) in the Kuiper belt with highly anomalous orbits.
They managed to figure out that these objects were under the influence of a hidden planet situated beyond Pluto.
However, a new international team of astronomers not only support the existence of Planet Nine, aka Planet X, but they say there are more planets influencing the movements of the called extreme trans-Neptunian objects (ETNOs) in the Kuiper belt.
Speaking about the discovery, Carlos de la Fuente Marcos, a Spanish independent astronomer, said: “With the orbit indicated by the Caltech astronomers for Planet Nine, our calculations show that the six ETNOs, which they consider to be the Rosetta Stone in the solution to this mystery, would move in lengthy, unstable orbits.”
In other words, this would mean that if there is just ONE Planet nine out there, the orbits of the extreme trans-Neptunian objects would be too unstable.
Science Alert wrote: “These objects would escape from the Solar System in less than 1.5billion years, [and three of them] could abandon it in less than 300 million years.
“What is more important, their orbits would become really unstable in just 10 million years, a really short amount of time in astronomical terms.
“That is to say, we believe that in addition to a Planet Nine, there could also be a Planet Ten and even more.”
However, researchers remain skeptical about the new findings. Mike Brown, the astronomer from the Caltech team who introduced the world to the existence of Planet Nine, said in an interview with daily mail: “I think it’s way too early to start speculating about a second planet, but, in general, I am confused by their results.“
“We have a nearly identical analysis which shows almost the opposite result. It is not obvious to me why they would get such a different answer,” added Brown.
NASA, on the other hand, has remained extremely conservative on Planet Nine announcements.
Jim Green, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division, said: “The possibility of a new planet is certainly an exciting one for me as a planetary scientist and for all of us. This is not, however, the detection or discovery of a new planet. It’s too early to say with certainty there’s a so-called Planet X. What we’re seeing is an early prediction based on modelling from limited observations. It’s the start of a process that could lead to an exciting result.”