According to astronomers planet Nine, aka, Planet X isn’t alone. Astronomers suggest there could several hidden worlds in our solar system that have previously evaded detection.
Ever since the last century, when different astronomers and authors dared to suggest the existence of a planet with an eccentric orbit hidden in our solar system, famous “Planet X” sparked controversy and skepticism in the absence of evidence to support that assertion.
However, everything changed when last year scientists finally found concrete evidence pointing to the existence of a giant planet capable of generating the orbital anomalies detected on planets like Neptune and Uranus. But, what if Planet X isn’t alone out there? What if there are more hidden planet lurking the edge of our solar system?
Earlier this year, astronomers K. Batygin and M. Brown from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech, USA) announced that they found evidence of the existence of a giant planet, with a mass ten times that of the Earth in the confines of the solar system. The enigmatic planet is said to have an extremely eccentric orbit and that it needs between 10,000 to 20,000 years to complete a single orbit around the sun.
To come to this ‘provoking’ conclusion, K. Batygin and M. Brown used computer simulations carried out on the orbits of six celestial bodies located beyond Neptune. Specifically: Sedna, 2012 VP113, 2004 VN112, 2007 TG422, 2013 and 2010 RF98 GB174.
However, two Spanish astronomers and a scientist from the University of Cambridge in the UK raised more questions sparking further debate. How could the orbit of the six celestial bodies beyond Neptune evolve if there really is a Nine Planet? The answer published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (MNRAS).
“With the orbit indicated by the Caltech astronomers for Planet Nine, our calculations show that the six ETNOs, which they consider to be the Rosetta Stone in the solution to this mystery, would move in lengthy, unstable orbits,” warns Carlos de la Fuente Marcos.
“These objects would escape from the Solar System in less than 1.5 billion years, -he adds-, and in the case of 2004 VN112, 2007 TG422 and 2013 RF98 they could abandon it in less than 300 million years; what is more important, their orbits would become really unstable in just 10 million years, a really short amount of time in astronomical terms.”
According to the results of the new study, which is also based on computer simulations, the orbit of the new planet proposed by Batygin and Brown needs to be slightly adjusted in order to offer a stable orbit for the six celestial bodies beyond Neptune. However, these results lead to new questions: Is it possible that the ETNOs are a transient, unstable population? Or is it possible that they are permanent and stable?
According to researchers, how these objects behave in one way or another directly affects the evolution of their respective orbits and thus numerical modeling.
“If the ETNOs are transient, they are being continuously ejected and must have a stable source located beyond 1,000 astronomical units (in the Oort cloud) where they come from,” notes Carlos de la Fuente Marcos. “But if they are stable in the long term, then there could be many in similar orbits although we have not observed them yet.”
Researchers stress that the statistical evidence obtained by these authors, in this study as well as in previous ones leads them to suggest that the most stable scenario would be one where there isn’t just one Planet Nine, but several other planets located beyond the orbit of Pluto which would explain the newly obtained results.
“That is to say, we believe that in addition to a Planet Nine, there could also be a Planet Ten and even more,” the Spanish astronomer points out.
The mysterious Planet Nine, Aka Planet X has strongly been linked to Nibiru, the mythical planet of the Ancient Anunnaki, who visited Earth hundreds of thousands of years ago, and kickstarted intelligent life on our planet.