It seems that two unknown celestial objects were located by scientists on the outer edges of our solar system. These observations were made using data taken from ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter / submillimeter Array).
Researchers were examining the star system Alpha Centauri and W Aquilae when they noticed mysterious objects moving across their field of vision. Although they were not able to determine the exact distance, speed and brightness, it is very unlikely that they discovered a new star but rather planets.
For decades researchers have been looking for Planet X, also called Nibiru by some, a plant that supposedly lies somewhere in the far outer reaches of our solar system, a dark giant planet causing gravitational anomalies in the orbits of Neptune.
The Swedish team named the new celestial body Gná, who in Norse mythology is the goddess who runs errand in other world for the goddess Frigg, riding a flying, sea-treading horse called Hófvarpnir.
The team of astronomers told the press they had no intention of suggesting that they actually discovered the infamous planet X which is said to lie somewhere out there, beyond the orbit of Pluto.
The study published in Arxiv caught the attention of many colleagues and, as expected, became a tempting target for skeptics who think that the group of astronomers observed supercooled brown dwarfs, ie, ‘failed stars’.
Although the scientific study did not completely rule out the latter possibility, it emphasizes that both objects are presented as good candidates for the so-called “Planet X”.
“Until the nature of the source becomes clear, we have named it Gna. Unless there are yet unknown, but significant, issues with ALMA observations, we have detected a previously unknown objects in our solar system. Based on proper motion analysis we find that, if it is gravitationally bound, Gna is currently located at 12−25 AU distance and has a size of ∼220−880 km.
“Alternatively it is a much larger, planet-sized, object, gravitationally unbound, and located within ∼4000 AU, or beyond (out to ∼0.3~pc) if it is strongly variable. Our observations highlight the power of ALMA in detecting possible solar system objects, but also show how multiple epoch observations are crucial to identify what are otherwise probably assumed to be extra-galactic sources.”
Planet X has remained as a theoretical world in the views of many, a planet that would explain some of the orbitational anomalies of Neptune and Uranus.
Astrophysicist Brian Koberlein said the only way to know what the celestial object represents is by further study.
“The only way to know for sure is to gather more observations. Either by monitoring the objects movement or by collecting observations in other wavelengths we can finally get an idea of their size and distance. Whether we are looking at a dwarf planet, a super-Earth or a small star, it seems clear that something is lurking at the outer edge of our solar system.”