Tagged: Planet Nine

The long hunt for new objects in our expanding solar system - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 04, 2016

Kevin Orrman-Rossiter, University of Melbourne and Alice Gorman, Flinders University Recognise these planet names: Vulcan, Neptune, Pluto, Nemesis, Tyche and Planet X? They all have one thing in common: their existence was predicted to account for unexplained phenomena in our solar system. While the predictions of Neptune and Pluto proved correct, Nemesis and Tyche probably don’t … Read More

Past claims about new planets were wrong – why ‘Planet Nine’ may be different - Guest Work

Guest Author Jan 26, 2016

Andrew Coates, UCL There’s a real buzz among planetary scientists after a new study suggested that an unseen planet, dubbed ‘Planet Nine’, of about ten times the Earth’s mass could be lurking in the Kuiper belt, a band of icy objects beyond Neptune. The latest theory was put forward after scientists noticed that six objects in … Read More

Somewhere out there could be a giant new planet in our solar system: so where is it? - Guest Work

Guest Author Jan 22, 2016

Tanya Hill, Museum Victoria and Jonti Horner, University of Southern Queensland There’s plenty of excitement at the announcement overnight that a new planet is potentially waiting to be found at the extremes of our solar system. The possible ninth planet is thought to be quite substantial with a mass around ten times that of Earth … Read More