It seems that there is enough evidence to support the existence of a massive planet lurking the outer edges of our Solar System, and scientists believe they will find the ‘alien’ world in the next couple of months.
Conclusive evidence supporting the existence of the enigmatic ‘Planet X’ or Planet Nine as it has been dubbed recently could be found in the next months which would lead scientists to finally discovering the elusive planet by the end of the year. Researchers are now using Dar Energy Survey data to identify the anomalous object ‘tugging’ on NASA’s Cassini spacecraft.
Ever since astronomers in January released a statement suggesting there is a giant planet beyond the orbit of Jupiter, astronomers from around the world have been trying to spot the elusive celestial object in the sky.
The planet dubbed as Planet Nine is believed to be ten times more massive than planet Earth and the furthest planet from the sun, however, its mysterious location remains a mystery as astronomers have still not been able to pinpoint it in the sky.
Now, scientists have reached out to another separate project called Dark Energy Survey, to look for Planet Nine. Ever since data appeared in January suggesting the planet exists, the Cassini spacecraft has helped astronomers on Earth narrow down the search area for the elusive world.
The Dark Energy Survey is a project which aims to understand why the universe is accelerating and not being slowed down by the mass it contains. It was launched in 2013, and while it was not specifically designed to look for ‘Alien’ worlds such as Planet Nine, it might help astronomers pinpoint the exact location using data provided by the Cassini Spacecraft.
The idea that a mysterious giant planet exists beyond the orbit of Pluto is not something new. In fact, theories that such a world exists dates back more than fifty years.
The Washington Post wrote about the planet years ago: “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 do not 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.”
Moreover, Newsweek wrote about it on July 13, 1987. According to NASA research scientist John Anderson, Planet X might 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? Moreover, what killed off the dinosaurs 26 million years ago.”
In January 2016, astronomers Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown of Caltech predicted the existence of what was dubbed Planet Nine.
Two scientific duo used mathematical calculations and computer simulations finding that the existence of such a planet would explain the mysterious clumping behavior of dwarf planets located within the Kuiper Belt.
However, if the giant planet does in fact exist, its gravity should not only tug on nearby planets and moons but the spacecraft and everything around it as well.
‘Evidence is mounting that something unusual is out there – there’s a story that’s hard to explain with just the standard picture,’ David Gerdes, a cosmologist at the University of Michigan told Scientific American. Many scientists believe that within the next couple of months, we will undoubtedly spot the mysterious ‘so far ‘unseen’ world.
Planet NINE Caused Mass extinctions on Earth?
Dr. Daniel Whitmire, a retired professor of astrophysics working at the University of Arkansas Department of Mathematical Sciences has concluded that this giant planet could have caused several mass extinctions on Earth.
According to Dr. Whitmire, the giant planet located on the outer edge of our solar system triggers comet showers that bombard the planets of the inner solar system. However, the theory proposed by Dr. Whitmire isn’t new, as a matter of a fact, the theory was initially proposed by Dr. Whitmire and his college John Matese in 1985 while working at the University of Louisiana.
In the research published in the journal Nature, Dr. Whitmire and colleague John Matese suggested the presence of a mysterious planet in the outskirts of our solar system, dubbed planet