New Dwarf Planet Discovery Encourages The Hunt For Planet X

Gwen Vasquez
October 6, 2018

"What makes this result really interesting is that Planet X seems to affect 2015 TG387 the same way as all the other extremely distant Solar System objects". It takes this planetoid 40,000 years to loop around the Sun once and it's one of the most inhospitable places ever discovered by humans. Its current location is about 2½ times farther from the sun than from Pluto.

"It's on the small end of a dwarf planet", Sheppard says. It was observed for the first time in 2015 in the Inner Oort Cloud where other similar objects exist. Astronomers first observed the dwarf planet on October 13, 2015, from the Subaru telescope at Hawaii's Mauna Kea Observatories.

The object with the most distant orbit at perihelion, 2012 VP113, was also discovered by Sheppard and Trujillo, in 2014. The three objects' proximity to one another has been taken as yet more evidence that a giant planet, with a massive gravitational pull, is shepherding objects at the outer limits of our Solar System.

A small icy planed nicknamed "Goblin" has been found close the edge of our solar system, and it may not be as solitary as it was first thought. Their isolation makes them unique.

"The more of them we can find, the better we can understand the outer solar system and the possible planet that we think is shaping their orbits - a discovery that would redefine our knowledge of the solar system's evolution", Sheppard said in a statement.

Theorbit flattened the Goblin could therefore be the outcome of the influence of planet X. It is this planet's orbit around the Sun that suggests that there has to a be a planet X out there.

We believe that such small bodies in the outer Solar system should be thousands, but the distance at which they are, makes their detection rather hard.

The discovery gives further credence to the hypothesis that Planet X, which could be 10 times the size of Earth, could be influencing the orbits of objects like 2015 TG387 within the Kuiper Belt. "For some 99 percent of its 40,000-year orbit, it would be too faint to see".

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Simply, the solar system is packed with so many small planets and the discoveries just keep on coming! That's where Planet X comes into the picture.

From 2016, scientists are working to flush out the famous planet X!

This is similar to why Pluto never gets too close to the gas giant Neptune, although their orbits actually cross.

"Planet X is likely on an elongated orbit and most likely near aphelion", Sheppard said.

BECKER: An easier solution is the existence of Planet Nine because it naturally creates these objects in the solar system.

Scientists from the Carnegie Institute in Washington published a study which said that they were able to detect a new object, located beyond Pluto.

Step by step, astronomers are growing tantalizingly close to finding the solar system's long-rumored "Planet Nine" lurking somewhere farther out than Pluto: they've got everything from unusual asteroid orbits to medieval manuscripts on their side, and now a tiny planet nicknamed "The Goblin" brings even more credence to the theory that there's something out there messing with the orbits of tiny worlds out in the Kuiper Belt-and beyond.

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