Planet Nine may exist, but it might be hiding behind Neptune

Evidence for Planet Nine continues to mount, but there may be a good reason why scientists have yet to find it  – it may be hiding. In October 2017, NASA released a statement saying that Planet Nine may be 20 times further from the Sun than Neptune is, going so far as to say “it is now harder to imagine our solar system without a Planet Nine than with one.”

Artist illustration of "Planet Nine," a hypothetical world about 10 times more massive than Earth. (Caltech/R. Hurt)
Artist illustration of “Planet Nine,” a hypothetical world about 10 times more massive than Earth. (Caltech/R. Hurt)

But the reason it may not yet have been found is due to that same distance. At that distance, the equivalent, of 600 astronomical units (1 AU is defined as the distance between the Earth and the Sun, or approximately 93 million miles), it would be 160,000 times dimmer than Neptune is. Kevin Luhman, an astronomer at Pennsylvania State University, told Quanta Magazine by way of the Washington Post that at 1,000 AU, it’s a “brick wall, basically,” making any potential planet next to impossible to see using current technology.

NASA SAYS EVIDENCE FOR ‘PLANET NINE’ IS MOUNTING

However, scientists believe the possibility of another planet, one which may have “10 times the mass of Earth,” does indeed exist.

“Every time we take a picture, there is this possibility that Planet Nine exists in the shot,” Surhud More, associate professor in Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe at the University of Tokyo, told Quanta Magazine.

Slashgear reports that it could take up to 1,000 years before the planet is found.

Michael Brown from the California Institute of Technology has said he thinks “Planet Nine” will eventually be found, but it will take significantly stronger telescopes and planet finding technology than currently exist.

In the Oct. 2017 statement, Caltech planetary astrophysicist Konstantin Batygin, who worked with Brown, said that there “five different lines of observational evidence” that

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