New Evidence Breakthrough Further Strengthens the Likelihood of Planet Nine (Planet X?) Existence
Evidence pointing at the existence of Planet Nine (Planet X?) continue to mount with a new study shedding light on how a binary asteroid system could have been been pushed apart into separate orbits because of influence from a massive planet beyond Pluto.
Ever since the first study by Caltech researchers that claimed to show through orbits of Kuiper belt objects that there could be a planet lurking beyond the Solar System, there has been a renewed interest in Planet Nine (Planet X?). Check out video that talks about the original study that first claimed to prove existence of Planet Nine below:
Now a new study that looked at two distant asteroids that were allegedly influenced by Planet Nine claims that the orbits of the two asteroids are almost identical and the poles of the orbits are separated by a very small angle. The asteroids are 2004 VN112 and 2013 RF98. These two distant objects starting as a pair orbiting one another became gradually separated in their orbits because they made an approach to a much more massive object at a particular moment in time, researchers say.
The findings indicate that they have a common origin, and their present-day orbits could be the result of a past interaction with the hypothetical Planet Nine, according to the team.
“The similar spectral gradients observed for the pair 2004 VN112 – 2013 RF98 suggests a common physical origin,” explained first author of the paper Julia de Leon, an astrophysicist at the Instituto de AstrofÃsica de Canarias (IAC) in Spain.
Researchers say that they are proposing the possibility that the asteroids could have been a binary asteroid which became unbound during an encounter with a more massive object. To validate this hypothesis, the team performed thousands of numerical simulations to see how the poles of the orbits would separate as time went on.
The results of these simulations suggest that a possible Planet Nine, with a mass of between 10 and 20 Earth masses orbiting the sun at a distance between 300 and 600 astronomical unit (AU) could have deviated the pair 2004 VN112 – 2013 RF98 around five and 10 million years ago. One astronomical unit equals to approximately 150 million kilometres.
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Planet X breakthrough as boffins discover giant ice world ‘SMASHED through Solar System’
PLANET X hunters have had a breakthrough as they discovered evidence the mysterious giant ice world may have “smashed” through our Solar System.
Space boffins believe the long-fabled ninth planet orbiting the Sun is up to 15 times larger than Earth.
Scientists claim the mysterious icy world takes 20,000 years to orbit the Earth and lurks somewhere in the dark reaches of space.
Experts have now made a breakthrough as they have uncovered a pair of distant asteroids which may hold proof Planet X once smashed through our Solar System.
The so-called “doomsday” planet has also been attributed to extinction events.
Planet X may “fire” asteroids at Earth while passing through the Kuiper Belt – a band of asteroids, comets, ice balls and space rocks at the edge of our Solar System – according to scientists.
The two space rocks – 2004 VN112 and 2013 RF98 – both have identical orbits sweeping far out into space before coming in close for a pass on our Sun.
Researchers from the Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and Complutense University of Madrid examined the two strange asteroids to discovery the reason for their bizarre path through space.
Planet X – also known as Planet 9 – is believed the cause as the astronomers revealed they must have been pushed by the immense gravity of a massive object passing through out Solar System.
The team said a possible planet with a mass of between “10 and 20 Earths” must have shifted their orbit around 5 to 10 million years ago.
Planet X would have been orbiting the Sun at a distance of 300 to 600 AU – while the Earth only orbits at 1 AU.
“The similar spectral gradients observed for the pair 2004 VN112-2013 RF98 suggests a common physical origin,” study author Julia de Leon said.
She added: “We are proposing the possibility that they were previously a binary asteroid which became unbound during an encounter with a more massive object.”
Previously, Planet X has been suggested to “tilt” the entire Solar System with its massive size as it approaches the Sun.
Elizabeth Bailey, of Caltech, said: “Because Planet 9 is so massive and has an orbit tilted compared to the other planets the Solar System has no choice but to slowly twist out of alignment.”
Daniel Whitmire, of the University of Louisiana, said the world might have caused apocalyptic events found to have taken place on Earth every 27 million years.
Conspiracy theorists have been warning a massive hidden planet – called Planet X or Nibiru – will wipe out life on Earth for some time, claiming world governments know the apocalypse is coming.