Astronomy research suggests existence of Earth-like planet

(J.T. Kim | Concordiensis)

The allure of an additional planet in our solar system has always captivated researchers.

Headlines from major publications recently proclaimed the discovery of a new planet, dubbed Planet 9 or Planet X or Nibiru, and even Alien Death Star Superweapon.

The press attention has caused certain people to wonder whether some obsessed scientist glued to a telescope finally found a planet that may very well serve as a replacement after Pluto’s de-designation as a planet.

According to a research paper published by Caltech Professors Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown, “Evidence for a Distant Giant Planet in the Solar System” the existence of “Planet X,” a giant planet orbiting around the outskirts of our solar system is a very real possibility.

Published in the Astronomical Journal on Jan. 20, the paper’s hypothesis stirred popular news outlets for weeks.

Debates about Pluto’s validity as a planet, alien superweapons, and our solar neighborhood were found all over the internet. In fact, as it was later concluded, these were all interpretations of popular science headlines.

Planet X was not observed directly. In fact, it was hardly observed indirectly. Its proposed existence results from observations of hyperbelt objects at the outer rim of the solar system and their projected orbits.

These objects, when simulated with computer models, required a large influence of mass for their simulated orbits to match observed orbits.

When the simulated orbits of these planets had the gravitational influence of a large mass, the simulation matched the model.

Data produced from such methods should be considered carefully and warily, as little direct observation is involved.

Unlike what popular headlines may suggest, there was no sage astronomer who looked through a telescope and made a striking discovery. There was only meticulous data analysis from careful simulations, published in a respected journal by respected scientists.

Non-experts in the field have assumed that the findings of some large mass in the outer extents of our solar system is probably a planet.

Sadly, we may never know for sure if that mass really is a Planet X or not; it may never be directly observed. If it does exist, human eyes may never physically see the ninth planet. In fact, all that was proposed in the paper was that there is a large object, a “distant perturber,” causing these strange orbits that is about the mass of Earth times 10.

With this in mind, it is within the realm of possibility that this object is not even a planet, but rather something else entirely.

The chance that Planet X is an artificial alien space project, or the prophesized planet Nibiru with apocalyptic implications, or even an approaching alien Death Star, exists as a possibility.

But, people have always been contended with the fact that the theoretical sighting of a planet may only exist as an illusion

A headline like, “Planet X, or Nibiru, is on a Crash Course with Earth, Doomsayers Believe” is sure to generate thousands of shares and link traffic.

But until Planet X’s can be sighted through a telescope viewfinder, its existence cannot be popularly accepted or verified. Only time can tell.


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