A hidden giant planet in our solar system?


16/02/2011

It can be larger than Jupiter, the orbit, located in the outer regions of the solar system.

If you have always believed that our solar system has nine planets and were shocked when Pluto was stripped of the title of the world five years ago, then get ready for another surprise. It may be that the planets and in fact nine, with Jupiter - the largest planet is not one of them.

It is assumed that the gas giant, which is four times larger than Jupiter is in the Oort Cloud - the most distant regions of the solar system. The orbit of Tyche is 15,000 times farther from the sun than the orbit of the Earth and 375 times farther than Pluto’s orbit. This distance is the cause of the difficulty of detection and observation of the planet.

But scientists believe that the evidence of its existence has already been collected by NASA space telescope WISE. It remains only to analyze the data.

The first portion of the data will be released in April. The astrophysicists John Mathis and Daniel Vaytmayr University of Louisiana at Lafayette think that finally confirmed the existence of Tyche within the next two years. "If the findings are confirmed, we will be jumping for joy," - said Professor Vaytmayr. "And it’s not easy at our age."

When the determined location of Tyche, other telescopes can be directed to the planet, to confirm the discovery.

The final decision on the assignment of Tyche planet status, will receive the International Astronomical Union (IAU).

Also, for the MAC is the final decision on the name of the gas giant. In Greek mythology, Tyche was the goddess of determining the proportion of cities.


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