Is ‘Planet Nine’ a Threat to Mankind?THEORY 

Planet Nine is a ‘hypothetical’ (according to wikipedia) planet in the outer region of the solar system. Its gravitational influence could explain a statistical anomaly in the distribution of orbits of a group of distant trans-Neptunium objects (TNOs) found mostly beyond the Kuiper belt in the scattered disc region. 

Planet Nine is an undiscovered super-Earth-sized planet with an estimated mass of ten earths, a diameter two to four times that of earth, and an elongated orbit lasting approximately 15,000 years. To date, efforts to detect this planet have all failed. 

In April 2016, the New York Post tweeted, “A newly discovered planet could destroy our Earth as soon as this month.” But of course this was in 2016 and we are now in 2018, so that wasn’t accurate. The newspaper was referring to Planet Nine, a theoretical planet at the edge of our solar system. An accompanying video also claimed that the new planet would be throwing all sorts of asteroids and comets at earth, which would supposedly end up pummelling our planet. 

Although the planet’s existence has not been confirmed, astronomers are actually researching and searching for this planet to explan motions of some objects in the icy Kuiper belt, as aforementioned, a vast region of icy objects beyond Neptune. If the planet is actually found, the California institute of Technology’s Mike Brown (who is one of the iriginal backers of the Planet Nine theory) says the planet “Will pose no threat to us”.

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I'm Kate Pibernik and I love to write! I'm currently studying media and film looking to one day become a full-time media journalist that specializes in short-films and media production. I'm also co-author of an upcoming book.

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Kate Pibernik I'm Kate Pibernik and I love to write! I'm currently studying media and film looking to one day become a full-time media journalist that specializes in short-films and media production. I'm also co-author of an upcoming book.
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