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Scientists claim to have found an unknown planet in our solar system

Scientists claim to have found new evidence of the existence of a hidden planet in our solar system.

For years, some astronomers have suggested that the unusual behavior at the edge of our solar system is due to another yet-to-be discovered planet. That helps explain the orbits of objects at the edge of our solar system, more than 250 times farther from the Sun than we are.

Now Konstantin Bogytin, an astronomer who helped popularize the theory, says he and his team have found even more evidence suggesting the existence of such a planet. The new work represents “the strongest statistical evidence to date that Planet 9 is really out there,” he said.

In the new study, scientists looked at a set of trans-Neptunian objects, or TNOs, which is the technical term for those objects found at the edge of the solar system, beyond Neptune.

The research examined objects whose motion becomes unstable because they interact with Neptune’s orbit. This instability made them more difficult to understand, so astronomers studying a possible Planet Nine have typically avoided using them in their analyses.

Instead, the researchers looked at those objects and tried to understand their movements. And, according to Dr. Bogytin, the best explanation is that they come from another planet yet to be discovered.

The team carried out a large number of simulations to understand how the orbits of these objects were affected by various factors, such as the giant planets that surround them, such as Neptune, the “galactic tide” coming from the Milky Way and the stars that surround them. pass.

However, according to Dr. Bogytin, the best explanation came from the model that included Planet Nine. They noted that there were other explanations for the behavior of those objects – including the suggestion that other planets once influenced their orbit, but have since been eliminated – but they claim that the Planet Nine theory remains the best explanation.

A better understanding of the existence or not of Planet Nine will come when the Vera C Rubin Observatory is turned on, they point out. It is currently being built in Chile, and when it turns on it will be able to scan the sky to understand the behavior of those distant objects.

“This next phase of exploration promises to provide essential information about the mysteries of the far reaches of our solar system,” the team writes in their paper.

The paper describing the work, “Generation of Low-Inclination, Neptune-Crossing TNOs by Planet Nine,” is now available on arXiv.

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