Have Astronomers Actually Discovered Planet X

Astronomers have detected an object, which is 2.5 times further away from the sun than Pluto, that could be the mysterious Planet X.

The unusual orbit of the planet suggests the theory that Planet X is real!

Researchers have revealed the presence of a mysterious 10th planet may reside within our Solar System.

It has been announced that an unknown celestial object has been spotted some 2.5 times further away than Pluto.

Planet X

Has Planet X finally been discovered by astronomers? Image credit.

This would make it one of the furthest celestial bodies within the Sun’s gravitational pull. Furthermore, the unusual orbit of this possible planet supports the theory of a world bigger than Earth circling our Sun.

In 2014, the as of yet discovered planet was nicknamed ‘Planet Nine’ by Dr. Scott Sheppard and Professor Chad Trujillo. They looked to explain six strange objects in the Kuiper Belt, which is just beyond Neptune.

Their orbits tilted in an unnatural way which would suggest the presence of something with extreme gravitational force.

The two suggested there may be another planet lurking in the dark that had altered the orbit of these six objects.

Discovering Planet X

A team led by Dr. Sheppard and Prof Trujillo found more indications that another planet is in existence within our Solar System.

They have discovered another celestial object whose orbit has been affected in the same way as the previous six objects in the Kuiper Belt.

Called 2015 TG387

A map showing the Sun, all the planets, the Kuiper Belt and 2015 TG387. Sourced.

Codenamed 2015 TG387 or “The Goblin”, this dwarf planet is roughly 80 astronomical units (AU) away from the Sun.

One AU meausres as the distance between Earth and the Sun. Pluto is at 34 AU.

The TG387 cosmic body has a very elongated orbit, which means it does not approach big planets such as Neptune or Jupiter, as it travels around the Sun. This important piece of information would then suggest there must be another planet that it passes by which would affect the object’s orbit in such a way.

Dr. Sheppard said: “These distant objects are like breadcrumbs leading us to Planet X.

He went on to explain that the more they search the better understanding they will have of our Solar System. Who knows, soon they may find the physical evidence of Planet X, instead of the ‘suggestion tales’ it leaves behind.

Simulating Planet X’s Orbit

Professor Trujillo put together different computer simulations for the hypothetical orbit of Planet X, otherwise known as Nibiru, to try and explain the bizarre orbit of TG387.

The closest that this object comes to Earth is about 65 AU away.

tg387 computer simulation orbit

A computer simulation for 2015 TG387’s orbit around the sun. Source credit.

As shown in the diagram above, only two other objects come close to the dwarf planet as it is in orbit. 2012 VP113 and Sedna.

Prof Trujillo stated:

What makes this result extremely fascinating is that Planet X seems to affect 2015 TG387 the same way as all the other extremely distant Solar System objects.

“These simulations don’t prove that there’s another massive planet in our Solar System, but they are further evidence that something big could be out there.

The team is actively seeking the discovery of Planet X along with other celestial bodies in our Solar System.

As this is so far the more extensive search in our Solar System for other planets, the discovery of Planet X may very well soon be revealed!

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