Astronomers claim to have found evidence of the existence of an enigmatic planet that exists outside our solar system.
They have called it “Planet Nine.” The enigmatic Planet (X) orbits our sun at such a distance that it needs between 10,000 – 20,000 years to complete a single orbit around it.
According to a paper published in the Astronomical Journal, researchers describe the mysterious planet as five to ten times as massive as the Earth.
“This thing is on an exceptionally frigid, long-period orbit, and probably takes on the order of 20,000 years to make one full revolution around the sun,” says Caltech’s Konstantin Batygin.
“Although we were initially quite skeptical that this planet could exist, as we continued to investigate its orbit and what it would mean for the outer solar system, we become increasingly convinced that it is out there,” Konstantin Batygin, an assistant professor of planetary science at Caltech said.
Confirming the existence of the ninth planet would literally reconfigure earlier models of our solar system.
If planet X (Planet 9) exists, it could help explain the elliptical orbits of dwarf planets like Sedna.
Astronomers suggest that if this planet does in fact exist, it’s very likely that it was ejected from the solar system when our planetary neighborhood was extremely young.