According to new research from Mike Brown (the man who defamed Pluto himself) and Konstantin Batygin of the California Institute of Technology, Planet Nine may not only exist but could be closer and brighter than previously thought. Previous study of the gravitational pull affecting Kuiper’s belt included objects yanked around by Neptune’s gravity, distorting the data. The new research attempted to separate those TNOs from a final group of 11 objects and, with that new data set, the Cal Tech team determined that SOMETHING big had to be clustering the orbits of those far-out celestial bodies. They gave it about a 99.6% chance to be precise. Click here to learn more!
“We have this interesting problem…and the very shiny solution at the moment is called Planet 9.” —
Michele Bannister, Planetary Astronomer at The University of Canterbury