Recent Discovery Could Help Prove Existence of Ninth Planet in Our Solar System
A new paper submitted to Cornell University's online repository of preprints posits that the detection of a new celestial body found past Neptune may point to the existence of a ninth planet in our solar system.
The hunt for another planet in our solar system began in 2016 after a number of objects outside of Pluto were observed to be orbiting the sun at a distinct angle from all of the inner planets. These observations prompted astronomers to wonder if the gravitational influence of an undiscovered planetary body might be altering the distant objects' orbits.
Now, the discovery of BP519, an extreme Trans-Neptunian Object detected by the Dark Energy Survey, adds considerable circumstantial evidence towards the existence of a ninth planet.
BP519 orbits the sun at a 54 degree angle, which is in stark contrast to the rest of the observed bodies in the solar system. This could be due to the influence of a large planetary body's gravity.
A ninth planet in our solar system has long been speculated to exist by some ufologists and conspiracy theorists. Known as Nibiru, or Planet X, this phantom planet plays into a number of proposed apocalyptic scenarios, and as recently as last September a doomsday prophet had predicted that it would cause the end of our world.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has consistently insisted that Nibiru is nothing but a hoax, but is open to the idea of a ninth planet in our solar system given the evidence gathered in recent years.