Mysterious Shrouded 9th Planet in Outer Solar System

Tyche: Super Planet

Scientists John Matese and Daniel Whitmire believe that they have discovered another 9th planet in our solar system (perhaps we need to replace Pluto).  They believe that it is in the astroid belt around our solar system and it is positioned so no one has been able to see it until now.  They call it Tyche:

According to them, this colossus is hiding in the Oort Cloud—the asteroid beehive that forms the outer shell of our home system, one light-year in radius. They claim that data already captured by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer proves its existence. It only needs to be analyzed… over the next two years.

Matese and Whitmire are convinced that Tyche is very real now, however. 15,000 times farther from the Sun than Earth, Tyche would be made mostly of hydrogen and helium. The titanic planet would orbit the Sun with moons and rings around it, bubbling with clouds and storm systems similar to Jupiter. It would even have a mild temperature (-73ºC/-99.4ºF) compared to the asteroids around it, which are almost near absolute zero. Whitmire says that the temperature difference is because a titan of this size takes a long time to cool off after its formation.

This is exciting news for planet buffs and regular folks who like cool pictures and theories about new planets and possibilities.  Our Solar System continues to captivate us even as our imaginations take us further and further out.  Kind of like discovering the bottom of the ocean over and over, this world and our solar system are infinitely complex and amazing.

(Info found on Gizmodo.com)

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