Planet Nine is basically only a theory that describes the existence of another planet than those we know, roaming around beyond the asteroid belt called Kuiper Belt. Scientists strongly believe that it is a celestial object that is roughly 10 times bigger than the Earth. Even though we don’t have any palpable evidence that it exists yet, the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) claim that is only a matter of time before we manage to identify it.
Scientist recently came out with a shocking study regarding the location of this space object. They state that, most likely, Planet Nine could’ve been formed alongside with Neptune, being, in fact, a version of Neptune, only that it has been thrown out of our Solar System.
Planet Nine might have been ejected by the gravitational forces of Saturn and Jupiter
Specialists suggest that sometime after its formation, it could’ve got too close to Saturn or Jupiter, event which caused it to get forced out to the periphery of our solar system. Now it is believed that it orbits the sun from anywhere between 100,000au and 200,000au apart, considering that one astronomical unit is equivalent to 149.6 million km. This could mean that a complete rotation around the sun takes 10,000 to 20,000 years on the rogue planet.
In order to spot the Planet Nine, the super-telescope on the top of Mauna Kea located on the Big Island of Hawaii seems to be the most suitable for the job as scientists affirm, since it has a uniquely wide field of view which allows the researcher to look at a large portion of the sky at once.
Spotting Planet Nine is not going to be an easy task
However, scientists know that’s not an easy task. The far distance between it and our planet will and the fact this it is not quite bright will undoubtedly make things harder for the astronomers, but they state that it should be bright enough so that it could be identified.
If found, a process that is estimated to last roughly five years, the discoverer will have the honor of giving a name to the Planet Nine, after the approval of the International Astronomical Union.
Erin VanDyke lives on her family farm and has more than 35 years of hands-on experience with the use of livestock guard dogs for predator control. On their farm, Jan and her family use corgis as herding dogs and have raised Shetland sheep, Fainting goats, Morgan and Trakehner horses, and historic breeds of chickens and turkeys. Erin is also an active beekeeper.