Planet Nine is a theoretical world hiding somewhere in outer space beyond the Kuiper belt at the other end of the solar system. No one has ever seen the ninth planet, but it is believed that the planet is ten times larger than the Earth. An invisible planet of this size would explain why some Kuiper objects seem to clump together as if experiencing the gravitational pull of a large planet. Planet Nine was first proposed by astronomers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 2016, and direct observations are still needed.
But Caltech professor Michael Brown, who had originally come up with the theory of the planet Nine, is certain that these are astronomers Not too far removed from the discovery of the planet.
In a shocking announcement on live radio, Professor Brown has shown that he's pretty optimistic about knowing Planet Nine's orbit of the Sun.
Talking to Linda Moulton of Coast to Coast AM, the Planet Nine researcher said: "If we knew exactly where it was, we would not have to close, we would just look at it and say, 'Look, there is it. & # 39;
I do not know exactly where it is, because we only know that it affects those other bodies in the long term.
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"We know his orbit is pretty good and we know the orbit pretty well. b Because of all these computer simulations that show that it does not affect the outer solar system unless it's massive enough.
"If it is too massive, it destroys the outer solar system. If it is not as tilted as we believe, it will not tilt the objects as they are tilted.
"All these details can be found in the detailed computer simulations we performed." [1
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But even these approaches, Professor Brown said, the distance between Sun and Neptune is seven times greater.
Because of the incredible distances, the gravity of Planet Nine has no impact on any other planet, least of all on Earth.
Professor Brown said, "And it's a bit less massive than Neptune."
"So, if you're seven times less massive than Neptune, that means it's about one percent of Neptune's effect.
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"And Neptune hardly affects the Earth, so there is almost no impact, and if it had any impact on Earth or Earth orbit, it would be much easier to find because we have measurements of it. "
According to the astronomer, Planet Nine follows an elliptical orbit far beyond the borders of the Kuiper Belt.
The Kuiper Belt itself is a space area densely populated with rocky asteroids and other ice known as Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs).
The Kuiper Belt is approximately 4,647,790,400 miles from the Sun.