A MYSTERIOUS Earth-sized “hidden planet” may have been discovered on the outer edges of the solar system – leaving scientists hungry for the truth.
The unidentified sphere is believed to be “Planet Nine”, a hypothetical planet on the edge of our solar system.
There are only eight known planets in the solar system – Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.
A recent study found that it found data “to verify”, as there may be evidence for the existence of the mysterious planet.
In 1983, astronomer Michael Rowan-Robinson analyzed data obtained by the infrared astronomical satellite and found three potential sources for the planet between June and September of the same year.
The study found that the object was traveling through the sky “in a region of space close to the galactic plane,” according to Sputnik News.
The astronomer admits it’s unlikely to be a real discovery, but it could help other studies or scientists know where to look for future research.
“Given the poor quality of IRAS detections, at the limit of the investigation, and in a part of the sky that is very difficult for far infrared detections, the probability that the candidate is real is not overwhelming”, Rowan-Robinson wrote in his results, according to Science Alert.
“However, given the great interest of the planet 9 hypothesis, it would be interesting to verify whether an object with the proposed parameters and in the proposed sky region, is incompatible with planetary ephemerides.”
In January 2015, a group of astronomers insisted that they had found the “hidden planet” X orbiting the Sun using mathematical calculations.
However, not all astronomers believed these claims to be true.
But now a new study claims to have gathered data on the mysterious object that is “worth checking out.”
The new study titled “A search for Planet 9 in the IRAS data” was published this month by Rowan-Robinson.
Rowan-Robinson explains, “I searched the IRAS data for Planet 9. At the proposed distance for Planet 9, the signature would be an unidentified 60 micron IRAS point source with an associated nearby source from the IRAS file. IRAS rejection from sources that have received only one Confirmed Hours Detection (HCON).
“The confirmed source should be detected on the first two HCON passes, but not on the third, while the only HCON should only be detected on the third HCON. I have examined unidentified sources in three IRAS 60micron catalogs: some can be identified with 2MASS galaxies, galactic sources or as cirrus clouds.
He concluded: “Dynamic simulations are needed to determine if the candidate is consistent with existing planetary ephemerides.
“If so, a search in a 2.5-4 degree radius ring centered on the 1983 position at visible and near infrared wavelengths would be worthwhile.”
Sputnik News explains that the astronomer “conceded that what could be planet nine could also be just the sound of these clouds.
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the-sun : Mystery of Earth-sized “hidden planet” discovered on outer edges of solar system leaves scientists in bewilderment