'Super Earth' ninth planet likely to exist - but won't crash into us

The giant "super Earth", known as Planet Nine, is thought to be 20 times further from the sun than Neptune is.

A 2016 study from the University of Warwick warns that when the planet hurtles into the solar system on its orbit around the sun, it might throw planets out into space in a pinball effect.

Talking about Planet Nine, Caltech professor of planetary science Konstantin Batygin said, "There have been new detections of distant Kuiper belt objects since the publication of our original paper".

"There are now five different lines of observational evidence pointing to the existence of Planet Nine".

However, these orbits also are tilted the same way, about 30 degrees "downward" compared to the pancake-like plane within which the planets orbit the Sun, they said. If you ignore this statement and think that ninth planet does not exist, this situation will reveal more problems than to solve problem.

The final giveaway of Planet Nine's presence involves the solar system's contrarians: objects from the Kuiper Belt that orbit in the opposite direction from everything else within the solar system.

There is a possibility that there exists another planet, planet nine other than the eight already known planets, on the 4 of this month NASA stated this probability. It suddenly consists of five different riddles and you need to offer five different solutions to each one, "he said". "Over long periods of time, Planet Nine will make the entire solar-system plane precess or wobble, just like a top on a table", Batygin said.

Nobody has come close to actually spotting Planet Nine though, which has given rise to doubts that it even exists.

According to Batygin, there are several natural phenomena that can be explained by the existence of Planet Nine.

"The existence of Planet Nine is the only thing that can explain the weirdness of these high-inclination orbits".

NASA reiterated that Planet Nine, Nibiru, or whatever people want to call it, is very far away from the Earth and will remain that way.

Researchers now hope to find Planet Nine itself using the Subaru Telescope at Mauna Kea Observatory in Hawaii, which they describe as the "best tool" for the job.

In turn, this would now suggest a previously unexplained six degree tilt of planets to the sun's equator is down to Planet Nine.

"If a planet is there, it's extremely distant and will stay that way", the U.S. space agency said.

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