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21 January 2016

Scientists Find Evidence for Ninth Planet in Solar System

Discovering the enigmatic ninth planet is to say at least, a HUGE discovery, one that would change everything we know about our solar system. Not to mention the fact that it’s 5,000 times the mass of Pluto.

Astronomers at the California Institute of technology have announced new evidence directly supporting the existence of a giant planet lurking the edge of our solar system, far beyond of the Pluto.

They have called it “Planet Nine.” The enigmatic Planet (X) orbits our sun at such a distance that it needs between 10,000 – 20,000 years to complete a single orbit around it.

While the quest for planet X has started decades ago, no one has been able to confirm the existence of the alleged planet hiding in the outer sections of the solar system.

According to a paper published in the Astronomical Journal, researchers describe the mysterious planet as five to ten times as massive as the Earth. However, the authors of the study mention they have NOT observed the planet directly, instead, the two astronomers are sure that it exists due to the motion of recently discovered dwarf planets and other +miniature’ objects in the outer regions of our Solar System.

Killing Pluto was fun, but this is head and shoulders above everything else. 
— Mike Brown, Caltech

The authors, of the study Michael Brown and Konstantin Batygin, suggest that the smaller bodies located in the edges of the solar system appear to be influenced by the gravity of a hidden planet – a “massive perturber.”

As we are writing this article, telescopes around the world are searching for the enigmatic planet which on average is located 20 times farther away than the eight planets of our solar system, Neptune.

“This thing is on an exceptionally frigid, long-period orbit, and probably takes on the order of 20,000 years to make one full revolution around the sun,” says Caltech’s Konstantin Batygin.

“Although we were initially quite skeptical that this planet could exist, as we continued to investigate its orbit and what it would mean for the outer solar system, we become increasingly convinced that it is out there,” Konstantin Batygin, an assistant professor of planetary science at Caltech, said in a statement.

Researchers say that id this planet does in fact exist, it’s humongous. It estimated mass would make it up to four times the diameter of our planet, becoming the fifth-largest planet after Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. However, since it is located at such an extreme distance from the sun, it would reflect so little sunlight that even the most powerful telescopes would have a hard time finding it.

“For the first time in over 150 years, there is solid evidence that the Solar System’s planetary census is incomplete,” said Batygin in a statement.

Confirming the existence of the ninth planet would literally reconfigure earlier models of our solar system.

While astronomers are extremely excited by the study, NASA’s director of planetary science, Jim Green, cautioned that it is possible that there could be several other explanations for the observed motion of the smaller bodies in the outer perimeter of the solar system, making reference to the famous dictum from Carl Sagan: “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.”

“The Sagan Rule applies. If it’s there, find it. I challenge you. Somebody out there oughta find it,” Green said.

“What an era we’re in, where we’re discovering new things about our solar system that we never thought possible even a handful of years ago,” he added.

Brown and Batgyin mention in their paper that there is only a 0.007 percent probability that the observed clustering of Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs) is “due to chance,” suggesting another origin.

“We find that the observed orbital alignment can be maintained by a distant eccentric planet with mass [greater than 10 Earths],” they wrote.

If planet X (Planet 9) exists, it could help explain the elliptical orbits of dwarf planets like Sedna.

Astronomers suggest that if this planet does in fact exist, it’s very likely that it was ejected from the solar system when our planetary neighborhood was extremely young.

Finding the elusive Planet X

But this isn’t the first time scientist have suggested Planet X exists. Similar predictions stretch back more than a century while no one has ever presented irrefutable evidence.

According to the Washington Post: “A heavenly body possibly as large as the giant planet Jupiter and possibly so close to Earth that it would be part of this solar system has been found in the direction of the constellation Orion by an orbiting telescope aboard the U.S. infrared astronomical satellite… ‘All I can tell you is that we don’t know what it is,’ said Gerry Neugebauer, chief IRAS scientist.”

But the Washington Post wasn’t the only news agencies to write about the enigmatic celestial body.

According to the US News World Report, Planet X or Nibiru exists, the article; “Shrouded from the sun’s light, mysteriously tugging at the orbits of Uranus and Neptune, is an unseen force that astronomers suspect may be Planet X – a 10th resident of the Earth’s celestial neighborhood. Last year, the infrared astronomical satellite (IRAS), circling in a polar orbit 560 miles from the Earth, detected heat from an object about 50 billion miles away that is now the subject of intense speculation.”

Also, an article published in Newsweek on July 13, 1987, NASA disclosed that there may be a 10th planet orbiting our Sun. According to NASA research scientist John Anderson, Planet X might actually be out there, but nowhere near our planets. The article from Newsweek states: “if he is right, two of the most intriguing puzzles of space science might be solved: what caused mysterious irregularities in the orbits of Uranus and Neptune during the 19th Century? And what killed off the dinosaurs 26 million years ago.”

“I consider that the Batygin and Brown paper is the first to convincingly show the existence of this planet and constrain fairly well its orbit,” says Alessandro Morbidelli of the Observatoire de la Cote d’ Azur. “It’s a very solid argument.”

The best known ‘case’ of Planet X in the past is sure that of Percival Lowell, who insisted that a world he called Planet X was waiting to be discovered beyond the orbit of Neptune. His suggestions triggered the search for a ninth planet which resulted in the discovery of Pluto in 1930. However, Pluto is far too small to explain the anomalous trajectories of bodies in the outer solar system.

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The Ninth Planet, is it Nibiru?

In 1976, the late Zecharia Sitchin raised a controversy with the publication of his book “The Twelfth Planet”. In this and subsequent books, Sitchin presented his translations of ancient Sumerian texts which tell an incredible story regarding the origins of mankind on Earth, stories that are completely different to those that most of us learned in school.

According to the ancient cuneiform texts, which are believed to be some of the oldest writings known to date, go back at least 6,000 years. These writings explain the history of a race of beings called the Anunnaki.

The Anunnaki came to Earth from a planet in our solar system which is called Nibiru. Sadly, many people have never heard of it, because according to mainstream science the planet called Nibiru does not exist.

However, according to Sitchin, the presence of Nibiru is very important for the past and future of humanity. 

Nibiru Facts or Myth?

1). Nibiru is believed to have 4 times the diameter of Earth and is 23 times more massive, a truly gigantic planet.

2). According to ancient texts, Nibiru Is wrapped in a cloud of dust iron oxide red, making the rivers and lakes acquire a reddish color.

3). Nibiru is also associated with great dangers. Some researchers believe if a planet like Nibiru would come close to Earth, it would cause large earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions creating an entirely new geography and climate.

4).The name “Nibiru” originated from the ancient Sumerians, who once inhabited ancient Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq. It is the twelfth planet describe by Zecharia Sitchin.

5). Nibiru is also called Marduk, and it arrives to our solars system with a extreme clockwise elliptical course.

6). According to several ancient texts from Mesopotamia, there is strong evidence that supports theories that Nibiru, has an orbital period of 3600 years. The number 3,600 was represented by the Sumerians as a large circle.

7). The expression for the planet, the “shar” also means a perfect circle or full circle and also represents the number.

8). Ancient Astronaut theorists believe that the convergence of the three concepts – planet / orbit / and number 3,600 – could not be a coincidence.



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