A planet located 336 light years away from Earth can help scientists learn more about whether there is a large “Planet Nine” or “Planet X” on the outskirts of our solar system.
Why it matters: Scientists have been hunting the fictional planet Nine for years. New characterization of this alien planet by the Hubble Space Telescope suggests that theoretical planets such as worlds may exist in other solar systems.
description: Exoplanet “differs very widely from its host stars on an eccentric and highly misguided orbit, just as the prediction for Planet Nine,” Meiji Nguyen, is the author of a new study about the planet. Astronomical Journal Said in a statement.
- “This answers the question of how these planets formed and evolved to the end in their current configuration.”
- The double star system found in the planet was relatively young, at the age of 15 million, suggesting that this type of world could have formed early in the history of their solar system.
- Scientists suggest that the planet may have ended in its strange orbit because it had drifted far away from its stars at some point in the past.
big picture: Researchers believe that Planet Nine may exist in our solar system due to strange orbits of a handful of objects in Neptune’s past, known as the Kuiper Belt.
- Advocates of the theory suggest that the gravity of a large planet in a strange orbit can shape how these other bodies move.
- The exoplanet studied by Hubble can serve as a good model in our solar system, like the early history of Planet Nine.
- Another writer from Paul Kalas said, “It’s like we have a 4.6 billion year time machine for our planetary system, to see our young solar system dynamically energized and everything And that’s 4.6 billion years to see what would have happened if it rearranged. ” The study said in the statement.