Is planet 9 in the solar system now closer? Treasure map simulation shows new orbital period of 7,400 Earth years
The solar system still has only eight confirmed planets orbiting the sun. There were nine planets recently, but that all changed after NASA and other space agencies decided to downgrade Pluto to a dwarf planet.
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This artist concept was obtained on October 30, 2018 courtesy of NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle shows Kepler-186f, the first Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone. – After nine years in deep space collecting data that our skies are filled with billions of hidden planets, NASA’s Kepler space telescope has run out of fuel needed for new science operations.
Some experts have argued that Pluto is an icy asteroid that orbits the sun farther than Neptune. However, more reliable astronomers said it was still a dwarf planet because its size was too large to be classified as an asteroid.
On the other hand, various scientists believe that there is still a ninth planet orbiting the sun. They also claimed that it had an orbital period of 18,500 Earth years. However, scientists still haven’t been able to come up with solid evidence that the so-called Planet Nine really exists.
A new study, created by the US-based California Institute of Technology or Caltech, said their new simulation map shows the ninth planet in the solar system could be closer than recently estimated.
Is planet 9 of the solar system close to the sun?
According to National Geographic’s latest report, Caltech experts have created a new simulation called Treasure Map, which suggests the planet is larger than Earth.
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An artist’s rendition shows the solar system with 12 planets, including three new ones to be added if astronomers meeting in the Czech capital approve a new planetary definition, the conference organizer said August 16, 2006. The proposal before the 26th General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union distinguishes eight classical planets and three bodies including Pluto.
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On the other hand, the collected data also showed that Planet Nine is difficult to identify because it is hidden behind the bright stars of the Milky Way.
In the new study titled “The orbit of Planet Nine”, which was published in the journal Arxiv Org, Caltech astronomers Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown explained that their new treasure map simulation shows the location of the ninth planet. .
New Planet Nine orbital period record
Batgyin and Brown explained that instead of 18,500 orbital periods of Earth years, the new planet only orbits the sun in 7,400 Earth years, as reported by ExtremeTech. This is a major discovery since the orbital period is another factor in determining the distance of a celestial body orbiting a star or other space object.
“I think it’s within a year or two of being found,” Mike Brown said.
At the moment, Planet Nine is still not part of the solar system. Space fans should still wait for stronger evidence until NASA approves this idea.
In other news, Hubble Space Telescope captures unusual Herbig-Haro object. On the other hand, NASA claims that the launch of the SpaceX satellite could be delayed due to a shortage of liquid oxygen.
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