New Study Reveals Possible Detection of Mysterious Planet Nine in the Solar System

The possible existence of Planet Nine is a topic of stir in the scientific community and the population.

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During the last years, the possible existence of Planet Nine has been a topic that has caused a stir both in the scientific community and in the general population, it would mean that there is an unknown celestial body orbiting the Sun and that it is beyond Neptune. A new study would reveal that a 1983 analysis could have inadvertently discovered the planet.

According to Science Alert, the object may have been observed in 1983 and scientists would not have realized. That is why a recent study of the data from then could shed more light on this.

Michael Rowan-Robinson, an astronomer at Imperial College London, analyzed the data from 38 years ago and found three infrared signals detected exactly one month apart each and according to him, it is a single transient object within the Solar System, leading him to think that it could be Planet Nine.

According to Deustche Welle, the specialist will soon publish his study in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

One of the first steps that science would have to take would be “Check if an object with the proposed parameters and in the proposed sky region is inconsistent with the other planetary ephemeris“According to Rowan-Robinson. This would serve to rule out any other already known astronomical event, which would point directly to the discovery of a new body that surrounds the Sun.

The exaltation for a possible Planet Nine dates back to 2016, when a study revealed that there has been an anomalous gravitational force within the Kuiper Belt, which is a kind of barrier of asteroids and space rocks beyond Neptune that surround and cover the Solar System and that are directly affected by the gravitational force of the Sun.

At that time the data showed that the disturbances could indicate that there is a planet of which there is no record circling the Sun. However, that is only one of the hypotheses that are currently being handled.

Because the body does not emit light, some scientists have raised the idea that it could be a very small black hole, what would be an even more impressive discovery than Planet Nine. Still, many more studies and analysis are needed to determine the reason for the disturbance in the Kuiper Belt.

According to Science Alert, the body would orbit at between 400 and 800 Astronomical Units (AU) and would have between five and eight times the total mass of the Earth. One AU equals the distance between the Earth and the Sun. That is, the unknown celestial body would circle the Sun at a distance up to 800 times larger than our planet and its star.

While it is true that many studies are still needed to determine what are the properties of the body that disturb the Kuiper Belt, This new development is an additional step in the task of getting to know the planetary neighborhood better..

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