The planetary science director at NASA stated that Planet 9 is just a theory that was emitted by a team of scientists. Jim Green is the protagonist of a video that was released by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in which he explains why it is too soon to tell that our solar system has nine planets, once again.
The rumors that started the whole Planet 9, Planet X frenzy stated that a planet almost ten times bigger than our own was found orbiting our Sun somewhere beyond Neptune’s position. Scientists and the general public were extremely excited about the news.
But, as Jim Green explains in the NASA produced and released video, although the idea of another planet existing in our solar system is exciting, especially for a planetary science director, it is still too early to state for sure that the object observed is indeed a planet.
The “Planet 9” was born when a group of scientists discovered a theorized body somewhere around twenty times farther from our Sun than Neptune is. The place in which the body was seen is called the Kuiper Belt, the home of Pluto, among other icy space bodies and objects.
The theory that Planet 9 is actually a planetary body was first emitted on the 20th of January, the current year, when a paper dealt with the unexplained motion of some of the icy bodies present in the Kuiper Belt. According to the paper, Planet 9’s gravitational pull would explain the movements of the objects.
And while this is a valid theory, it is only a theory that has not been scientifically proven just yet. The prediction on which the paper is based draws its origins from various computer models of the solar system that allow astronomers to predict and interpret data.
The good news is that if the planet actually exists, its presence will be scientifically proven in a matter of months. All the astronomers need right now is to point a capable telescope, such as the Hawaiian Subaru Telescope, towards the position in which the team of astronomers calculated it should be in and wait a couple of months for the device to detect and record it. After that, after obtaining solid evidence of its existence, the astronomers that published the paper in the Astronomical Journal could take claim of the discovery.
But for now, NASA stated that Planet 9 is just a theory. Though the name is a little bit insulting for those in the scientific community who think that Pluto is the ninth planet in our solar system, so the founders should rather use the term Planet X.
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