Planet X, aka Planet Nine, is there and astronomers are close to locating it according to new mathematical models which have narrowed down the search field for the most searched for planet in the outer rim of our solar system.
Just last month, Us astronomers made headlines saying they had found a giant planet lurking the outer areas of our solar system. Now, a group of astronomers from Europe believe they have drastically narrowed down the search area for planet nine.
By studying data provided by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft in orbit around Saturn, a French science quartet was able to exclude two zones in search for planet Nine, wrote the team in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Their work has been received as a confirmation, suggesting that the planet which many believe is just a myth does, in fact, exist in the far reaches of our solar system.
Based on mathematical models, the group of French researchers was able to calculate what influence such planet – travelling along the orbit postulated by Americans astronomers – would have in the orbit of other planets as it passed by them.
The enigmatic Planet (X) orbits our sun at such a distance that it needs between 10,000 – 20,000 years to complete a single orbit around it.
According to news reports, the enigmatic ‘rogue’ planet orbits the sun in a lopsided, extremely elongated orbit.
Jacques Laskar of the Paris Observatory told AFP, they believe to have reduced the search are for Planet X by 50 percent, eliminating zones which they say, modeling does not match reality.
‘We have cut the work in half,’ he told AFP.
According to Laskar and his team, the field of search for Planet Nine can be further reduced if the Cassini spacecraft, due to finish its mission next year, is extended to 2020.
The discovery of Planet Nine is a long process, one that could take several years to complete say, scientists.
Planet X, the Ninth Planet or referred to as Nibiru by some, has been the planet everyone has wanted to find. The search for this enigmatic celestial body started almost a century ago. For decades, an open debate remains among astronomers about the existence of Planet X, a large celestial body that supposedly orbits the outer edge of our solar system, but so far not a single celestial body that fits the descriptions of Planet X has been found, at least not until now.
According to the Washington Post: “A heavenly body possibly as large as the giant planet Jupiter and possibly so close to Earth that it would be part of this solar system has been found in the direction of the constellation Orion by an orbiting telescope aboard the U.S. infrared astronomical satellite… ‘All I can tell you is that we don’t know what it is,’ said Gerry Neugebauer, chief IRAS scientist.”
The US News World Report wrote about it too; “Shrouded from the sun’s light, mysteriously tugging at the orbits of Uranus and Neptune, is an unseen force that astronomers suspect may be Planet X – a 10th resident of the Earth’s celestial neighborhood. Last year, the infrared astronomical satellite (IRAS), circling in a polar orbit 560 miles from the Earth, detected heat from an object about 50 billion miles away that is now the subject of intense speculation.”
Also, an article published in Newsweek on July 13, 1987, NASA disclosed that there may be a 10th planet orbiting our Sun. According to NASA research scientist John Anderson, Planet X might actually be out there, but nowhere near our planets. The article from Newsweek states: “if he is right, two of the most intriguing puzzles of space science might be solved: what caused mysterious irregularities in the orbits of Uranus and Neptune during the 19th Century? And what killed off the dinosaurs 26 million years ago.”