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Researchers find possible #ninthplanet beyond Neptune

Researchers find possible #ninthplanet beyond Neptune

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA (REUTERS/AFP) - The solar system may host a ninth planet that is about 10 times bigger than Earth and orbiting far beyond Neptune, according to research published on Wednesday. Computer simulations show that the mystery planet, if it exists, would orbit about 20 times farther away from the sun than Earth, said astronomers with the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) in Pasadena. The object follows a “bizarre, highly elongated orbit in the distant solar system”, said a statement by Caltech researchers. “In fact, it would take this new planet between 10,000 and 20,000 years to make just one full orbit around the Sun.” The research is published in this week's Astronomical Journal. Researchers Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown say they have not yet observed the object directly. Rather, they found it through mathematical modelling and computer s...

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