NASA confirms that there is a Super-Earth in our solar system
NASA confirms that a ‘super-Earth’ exists in our solar system It has been widely debated among the scientific community for years, but now NASA claims that Planet Nine exists.
The space agency highlights five different lines of evidence that point to the existence of the mysterious world, saying that imagining Planet Nine doesn’t exist creates more problems than it solves. According to the Daily Mail, researchers are now using the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii in hopes of finding Planet Nine, and hope that their detection will also reveal its origin. Planet Nine was first theorized in 2014 by Caltech experts. While the planets themselves have yet to be discovered, researchers believe there is strong evidence that they exist. The giant icy planet is believed to be 10 times larger than Earth and 20 times farther from the sun than Neptune.
Planet Nine is believed to be a “super Earth,” the name given to a type of large world that appears to be common in the universe.
Dr. Konstantin Batygin, a planetary astrophysicist at Caltech in Pasadena, and his team, who are on the verge of finding Planet Nine, said: “There are now five different lines of observational evidence for the existence of Planet Nine.
“If you were to remove that explanation and imagine that Planet Nine doesn’t exist, you would be creating more problems than you would be solving.
“Suddenly, you have five different puzzles, and you have to think of five different theories to explain them.” This artist’s rendering shows a distant view of the sun from Planet Nine.
In 2016, Batygin published a study that derived the orbits of six objects in the Kuiper Belt, a distant region of ice that stretches from Neptune to interstellar space.
Their findings revealed that all of the objects had elliptical orbits that pointed in the same direction and were tilted 30 degrees “down” compared to the plane in which the eight planets revolved around the sun.
To investigate this further, the researchers used computer simulations of the solar system including Planet Nine and showed that there should be many more objects tilted 90 degrees to the plane of the eight planets.
The team realized that five objects known to astronomers fit the bill.
After this investigation, two more clues about Planet Nine emerged. A second paper by Batygin’s team, led by Elizabeth Bailey, shows that Planet Nine may have tilted the planets in our solar system over the past 4.5 billion years. “Over a long period of time, Planet Nine will cause the entire plane of the solar system to move or wobble, like a table,” Batygin said.
Finally, the researchers demonstrate how the presence of Planet Nine could explain why Kuiper Belt objects orbit in the opposite direction to everything else in the solar system.
“No other model can explain the rarity of these high-inclination orbits. It turns out that Planet Nine provides a natural path for it to emerge,” Batygin said.
“These things were pushed out of the plane of the solar system with the help of Planet Nine, and then Neptune scattered them inland.”
However, it is feared that Planet Nine will eventually destroy the solar system causing a devastating “dance of death”. It could one day tear our solar system apart, “spin” the planets into outer space, or crash into the sun.
Dr. Dimitri Veras, Department of Physics: “The presence of a distant massive planet could change the fate of the solar system from above.
“The fate of the solar system will depend on the mass and orbital properties of Planet Nine, if it exists at all.”
Humanity, besides us, has about 7 billion years to prepare for the terrible consequences that will occur when the sun begins to die.
The researchers now hope to find Planet Nine using the Subaru Tele at the Mauna Kea Observatory in Hawaii, which they describe as the “best tool” for the job.
“I think the detection of Planet Nine will tell us about its origin,” Batygin added.