Planet Nine details are scarce since the planet theoretically doesn’t exist. The controversial celestial body is believed to be situated approximately 600 AU’s (Astronomical units) from the Sun, taking it thousands of years to complete a single rotation.
The hype with Planet Nine started at the beginning of this year when Mike Brown and Konstantin Batygin of Pasadena’s Institute of Technology published a paper attesting the existence of Planet Nine, or Planet X.
But soon after the hype started and people were hurrying to pick out a new Roman mythology name for the new planet, Jim Green, the director of planetary sciences at NASA made a video, explaining that the planet may or may not exist.
According to Green, the two astronomers did a very good job calculating probabilities and creating computer simulations that attested the existence of the planet. But they didn’t manage to catch a glimpse of it with any telescope.
And until solid evidence is presented, Planet Nine will remain Schrödinger’s Planet.
The interesting thing is that even though, scientifically, the planet doesn’t exist, there are a lot of Planet Nine details that are currently circulating in the scientific community.
One researcher is convinced that Planet Nine is responsible for the dinosaurs’ extinction. According to the former astrophysicist, now math professor, Planet Nine has a very wide trajectory while revolving around the Sun. During its trajectory, the celestial body traverses the Kuiper Belt (a very wide field of icy objects, debris, and dust that lies beyond Neptune; it is also the place of residence of Pluto, the dwarf planet).
While traversing the icy belt, it seems that Planet Nine (which is believed to be ten times bigger than Earth), disturbed some comets. Some of them stopped in Uranus’ or Jupiter’s belt; other hit our planet, and the rest exploded, creating a dust shield that stopped the Sun from sending his warm, nurturing rays down on Earth, killing the giant reptiles.
The latest research on Planet Nine belongs to Christoph Mordasini. According to him, the planet is made out of materials similar to those found in the composition of our solar system’s gas giants, Jupiter, and Uranus.
Furthermore, its atmosphere is believed to be made out of helium and hydrogen. The astrophysicists did not say whether or not they believe that the controversial planet has satellites.
Until further research, the Planet Nine details will remain simple theories. But if the researchers do manage to discover it, then it should be named Schrödinger’s Planet, because at this point, with all of these scientific papers popping out every week, it seems that Planet Nine exists and doesn’t exist at the same time.
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