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Planet nine could be our solar system's missing 'super earth'

Planet nine could be our solar system's missing 'super earth'”

They have suggested that this new planet, which may be present beyond Neptune, would be responsible for destroying our solar system, the Independent reported.

Planet Nine seems to be out there, lurking invisible in the darkest outskirts of the solar system, according to a recent press release by NASA.

According to researchers, planet nine could turn out to be our solar system's missing super earth-a planet with a mass higher than the earth's, but substantially lower than the masses of ice giants Uranus and Neptune. His team added that they have found the gravitational footprints of the ninth planet.

Konstantin Batygin, 31, an astrophysicist at California Institute of Technology (Caltech), is leading a search party. The researchers, however, do not believe that the unknown planet would cause any harm to Earth or any solar planets. She explains that the planet orbits are tilted six degrees away from the Sun's equator. It looks rather odd that our Sun rotates in a different plane.

In 2016, Dr Batygin published a study that examined the orbits of six objects in the Kuiper Belt - a distant region of icy bodies stretching from Neptune outward toward interstellar space.

As per a NASA report, a ninth planet might be there on the outer edges of our solar system. [VIDEO] He also said that these objects have the elliptical orbit, pointing in the same direction, Daily Mail wrote.

Computer generated simulations of the solar system show that numerous objects in the belt formed a 90-degree angle with the plane of the solar system to form an X-shaped pattern with them.

Finally, the researchers demonstrate how Planet Nine's presence could explain why Kuiper Belt objects orbit in the opposite direction from everything else in the solar system.

Batygin said that the ninth planet would make the entire plane of our solar system unstable in future.



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