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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tyche, A Possible Ninth Planet?

Within the past week astrophysicists John Matese and colleague Daniel Whitmire have announced the discovery of a planet four times the size of Jupiter within the Oort Cloud, named Tyche. They have since stated that the planet is not due to be in view until two years from now. However, many skeptics say that the planet could not exist out there or that it is not a part of our solar system.

Some examples of evidence of a larger body in the outer solar system include the altering of comet/asteroid orbit paths, and a heat signature if it is a geologically active planet. However, due to its distance of billions of miles from Earth, it is not visible by traditional telescopes. We can find bodies like the proposed Tyche planet through radio wave technology, observing differences in images that come through via the waves.

If the planet Tyche is in the Oort Cloud and appears in the two years guessed, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) will make it an official planet. It will most likely have an interesting chemistry, due to the comets and frozen water that it comes in contact with. Scientists will also observe the differences within this body, and be able to explore the new possibilities within the universe and other solar systems.