A radical new theory suggests that the elusive planet NINE, AKA Planet X, may have knocked EVERY planet in our solar system OUT OF ALIGNMENT.
US Astronomers claimed earlier this year that they might have found the necessary evidence to suggest a MASSIVE planet lurks the outer edges of our solar system. Now a new theory explains the strange ’tilt’ our solar system has adopted indicating Planet Nine, aka Planet X could be behind it all.
Even though the eight main planets of our solar system orbit around the sun in their original plane ever since their formation, the sun rotates on an axis which researchers have found is tilted 6 degrees relative to a line perpendicular to the planets of our solar system.
It turns out that this isn’t normal, and researchers are perplexed by this. They suggest that planet Nine, aka Planet X, may explain this odd feature.
However, theories that may account for this awkward tilt adopted by our sun range from a tug of a passing star –near our solar system— to interactions between the magnetic fields of our sun and the primordial disk of dust which allowed for the formation of our solar system.
So who’s the culprit behind the strange phenomenon?
In January of 2016, Michael Brown and Konstantin Batygin at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena proposed that a gigantic planet could be responsible fro erratic movements of icy worlds located beyond the orbit of Neptune.
Now, this idea can be extended to the orbit of all of the planets that make up our solar system says Elizabeth Bailey, who also participated in the work with Brown and Batygin, told New Scientist.
In the interview, Bailey says:
“Because we think Planet Nine has a significant inclination, if it exists, then that means it would tilt things,” Bailey said. “It’s one puzzle piece that seems to fit together, and it actually appears to be in support of the Planet Nine hypothesis.”
According to experts, this massive planet would have the mass between 5 and 20 that of Earth, with a highly eccentric orbit reaching approximately 25 times the Sun-Earth distance at its orbits furthest point.
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.
Writing in the Journal Arxiv, researchers indicate: “The six-degree obliquity of the sun suggests that either an asymmetry was present in the solar system’s formation environment, or an external torque has misaligned the angular momentum vectors of the sun and the planets.”
“However, the exact origin of this obliquity remains an open question.”
Using an analytic model for secular interactions between Planet Nine and the remaining giant planets, here we show that a planet with similar parameters can naturally generate the observed obliquity as well as the specific pole position of the sun’s spin axis, from a nearly aligned initial state. Thus, Planet Nine offers a testable explanation for the otherwise mysterious spin-orbit misalignment of the solar system.”
According to comments made by Alessandro Morbidelli at Côte d’Azur Observatory in Nice, France based on a different study, “Planet Nine’s tilt, not its mass, is the key here.”
“We evaluate the effects of a distant planet, commonly known as Planet 9, on the dynamics of the giant planets of the Solar System. Some of the planet nine configurations that allow explaining the current solar tilt are compatible with those proposed to explain the orbital confinement of the most distant Kuiper belt objects. Thus, this work, on the one hand, gives an elegant explanation for the current tilt between the invariant plane of the inner giant planets and the solar equator and, on the other hand, adds new constraints to the orbital elements of Planet 9.”
Interestingly, indications of a planet that fits into the descriptions of Planet Nine, aka Planet X have existed for decades.
An article published in Newsweek on July 13, 1987, NASA disclosed that there might be a 10th planet orbiting our Sun. According to NASA research scientist John Anderson, Planet X might actually be out there, but nowhere near our planets. The article from Newsweek states: “if he is right, two of the most intriguing puzzles of space science might be solved: what caused mysterious irregularities in the orbits of Uranus and Neptune during the 19th Century? And what killed off the dinosaurs 26 million years ago.”