Space always has been the place full of surprises and has stunned astronomers and space enthusiasts with several mysteries, whether it is aliens or the suspicious UFOs or blackhole or uncovered planets.
A new discovery has surprised the scientists as they have found a new planet in our solar system. Temporarily named as Planet Nine, the planet is on the edge of our solar system- probably formed closer to the home around the Sun than previously thought, astronomers say.
The periphery of the solar system has always been sort of an enigma. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, scientists were searching for a massive planet that was not there, and the following discovery of Pluto in 1930. Astronomers discovered many different small objects supposed Edgeworth-Kuiper Belt objects at alike distances from the Sun, so Pluto was demoted in ranking to a dwarf planet.
What’s striking is that the Bayeux Tapestry of the 1066 Halley’s Comet shows the presence of Planet Nine. As per the depiction, there is mysterious ‘Planet Nine’ lurking far away in the galaxy. “We have a wealth of historical records of comets in Old English, Old Irish, Latin and Russian which have been overlooked for a long time,” said university medievalist Marilina Cesario, one of the leaders of the project. “Early medieval people were fascinated by the heavens, as much as we are today.”
Earlier this year, a team of astronomers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) announced the discovery of a new mysterious planet that was ten times bigger than the dimension of Earth and said to exist around 19 billion miles away from earth. While the discoveries and research on this new planet called “Planet Nine” are still kept the world baffling, a new theory has come to the forefront, giving the scientists a new salient concern for the existing solar system.
“The evidence points to Planet Nine existing, but we can’t explain for certain how it was produced,” says lead study author and CFA astronomer Gongjie Li.
The average distance between Earth and Sun is around 93 million miles. Planet Nine has a very elliptical orbit with the nearest point being at 40 billion miles while farthest being at 140 billion miles. The major question that arises: did it get formed there, or did it form elsewhere and land in its unusual orbit later?
Researchers have studied the Sun’s nursery and concluded that even in the favouring condition for capturing free-revolving planets, only five-to-ten planets like Planet 9 get captured in orbit out of 10,000 planets.
Due to the large orbit of Planet 9, it spends lots of time far away from the sun, and it makes difficult for the astronomers to detect from the telescopes. Now, astronomers think it might be visible in upcoming five years by the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope in Chile. Till then it is not easy to convince everyone.