Planet Nine: Not Pluto, but a Black Hole?

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Sorry, Pluto, You’re Still Not a Planet, but Neither is Planet Nine, Apparently.

Some freaky tomfoolery at the outer edges of the solar system caught the attention of a bunch of scientists about five years ago. The freaky tomfoolery in question concerns a smattering of unconventional orbits of objects on the outer rim of our solar system. Scientists originally pointed to a theoretical “Planet Nine,” since gravity would be a likely culprit. Now, however, a new idea is on the [event] horizon. 

According to a couple of physicists, however, said gravitational culprit may well be a black hole, not a planet.

Decoding the Mystery Thus Far

The most prominent theories to date suggested that Planet Nine (or as some call it Planet X) is about fifteen times more massive than Earth. They also suggest that it’s somewhere between 45 billion to 150 billion km away from the sun. The distance would make such a planet difficult to spot with telescopes because of the minuscule amount of light from the sun.

Typically, scientists look for objects like Planet X by trying to detect gravitational bending around such objects. Typically, light or radio waves are great indicators. 

So that’s exactly what the physicists will do.

They’ll examine public data from the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. That particular piece of wonderfulness has been orbiting and gathering data since 2008. 

Regardless of whether or not they find a black hole, the research is sure to reveal some interesting new information about the interaction between dark matter and dark antimatter.  

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Brandon Humphreys

Brandon Humphreys

I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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