Scientists have discovered a new planet in our Solar System, beyond the orbit of Pluto

Have Astronomers found evidence of the existence of Planet X? It seems that the ‘limits’ of our Solar System have gotten a bit more mysterious.

It is true that our Solar System holds number of surprises that we are slowly beginning to uncover. One of those surprises is a new planet which has just been revealed by a group of astronomers at the Carnegie Institution in Washington. According to astronomers, the space object dubbed V774104 is in fact an object believed to be between 500 and 1000 km in diameter located three times further away from the Sun than Pluto.

As a matter of a fact, it is the most distant body discovered to date within our planetary system.

Researchers will need a another full year of research in order to accurately determine the orbit of the new planet and its general features, but according to the astronomers who made the discovery, the celestial object could be included in an emerging class of “extreme objects” in our solar system with extremely anomalous orbits which make astronomers believe in the hidden existence of other planets even bigger in size.

Subaru Telescope by Scott Sheppard, Chad Trujillo, and David Tholen
Subaru Telescope by Scott Sheppard, Chad Trujillo, and David Tholen

“We can’t explain these objects’ orbits from what we know about the solar system,” says Scott Sheppard, an astronomer at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C., who announced the discovery here today at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

As you are reading this article, the new kid on the block, V774104 is orbiting our sun at a distance of around 15,400 kilometers, or if you prefer it, around 103 AU (Astronomical Units). This means that it is the furthest object from our Star and makes you wonder how many other objects similar to this one are out there.

What about planet X aka Nibiru? Does this mean we have absolutely no idea what’s out there? In the ‘limits’ of our Solar System?

According to writings from ScienceMag, depending on its orbit, the new planet could be included in two different “planetary clubs.” If V774104 orbit takes it anywhere near the sun at any given point it could be included in the group of relatively common icy worlds whose orbits are determined by the gravitational influence of Neptune.

On the other hand, if its orbit does not take it anywhere near our Sun, it would join the exclusive  planetary club with two other celestial objects: Sedna and 2012 VP113.

There is a force out there, a force of unknown origin according to Astronomers

What is perhaps the most interesting aspect of the object inside the Oort cloud is its eccentric orbit that cannot be explained by any known laws inside the solar system.

In fact, astronomers are convinced that there must be “something more” out there, something that is disturbing the orbits of all other celestial bodies. Something like an undiscovered giant planet that “sleeps” in the depths of the Oort cloud… a world that could have been expelled from the inner parts of our solar system billions of years ago… Planet X.

However, there are other theories that could shed light to the mysteries of the limits of our solar system. Astronomers believe that at those distances, possible planets (and their orbits) could be affected by the gravitational pull of other nearby stars. And there are even gravitational forces still active in the solar system that could come from the distant time when the Sun formed, when the “proto Sun” was surrounded by other “stellar nurseries” that could have provided the “necessary Gravitational nudges “to determine the movements that we see today.

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