There are eight known planets in our solar system. Beyond the orbit of Neptune, there are small icy worlds like Pluto and Eris, but none that rival the planets in size. But could there be a planet lurking in the depths of our solar system?
The Solar System hasn’t been the same since Pluto was downgraded from a planet to a dwarf planet, and all bets have been off since this monumental decision. Case in point, last year, scientists at the California Institute of Technology proposed that there might be a true Planet Nine in our solar system. The team asserted that it appears to be 10 times the mass of Earth and that it is hiding out in the remote recesses of our solar system—well beyond the orbit of Pluto.
Mike Brown, who was behind the discovery ,noted that the existence of a 9th planet is extremely likely be possible. Kathryn Volk and Renu Malhotra at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL) have noticed some strange movement out in the Kuiper belt(a region beyond Neptune filled with thousands of icy asteroids, comets and dwarf planets),
Objects in the Kuiper belt are far enough away from the other major bodies in our solar system that the gravitational influence of the large planets doesn’t impact them . However, their movements can still be predicted, thanks to sky surveys and a host of advanced technologies.
The presence of the so-called “planetary-mass object” can affect the orbits of a population of icy space rocks in the Kuiper Belt. Distant Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs) have tilted orbits around the sun. The tilted orbital planes of most KBOs average out to something called the invariable plane of the solar system.
But the orbits of the most distant KBOs tilt away from the invariable plane by an average of 8 degrees, which signals the presence of a more massive object that warps its surroundings with its gravitational field, researchers said in a study due to be published in The Astronomical Journal.
The most likely explanation of this is that there is some unseen mass be present near it. one of the fellow in LPL said in the statement “According to our calculations, something as massive as Mars would be needed to cause the warp that we measured.”
It could be the tenth planet or new Black holes discovery’s , there are lot of things that has to be explore before we take step in the outer space.