Planet 9 Search Finds Four Candidates In Three Days

Professor Brian Cox launched a campaign to map the skies in search of the infamous Planet Nine. In this time, over 4,000,000 objects were classified by over 60,000 amateur and professional astronomers. Four of the found objects have been considered as candidates for the infamous Planet Nine and are currently being researched.

“We’ve detected minor planets Chiron and Comacina, which demonstrates the approach we’re taking could find Planet 9 if it’s there,” said Dr. Tucker from the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

Planet Nine is a hypothetical large planet in the far outer Solar System, the gravitational effects of which would explain the improbable orbital configuration of a group of trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs) that orbit mostly beyond the Kuiper belt.

The study has examined almost 90 percent of the southern skies at magnitude of 19x. This means, that if the object was the size of Neptune or larger, and within 350 Astronomical Units of the sun, it should be visible to this search.

“With the help of tens of thousands of dedicated volunteers sifting through hundreds of thousands of images taken by SkyMapper, we have achieved four years of scientific analysis in less than three days. One of those volunteers, Toby Roberts, has made 12,000 classifications.”


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