Two More Planets May Be Hiding At The Edge Of Our Solar System
For those of you who felt stunned and betrayed when Pluto got demoted from planet status, this may come as a bit of a shock. It turns out that two undiscovered planets bigger than Earth may be lurking at the icy edge of our solar system well beyond Pluto.
That’s according to a team of British and Spanish astronomers, who came to that conclusion after observing the strange behavior of more than a dozen faraway space rocks, called “extreme trans-Neptunian objects” (ETNOs).
“The exact number is uncertain, given that the data that we have is limited, but our calculations suggest that there are at least two planets, and probably more, within the confines of our solar system,” Dr. Carlos de la Fuente Marcos, a researcher at the Complutense University of Madrid in Spain who was part of the team, said in a written statement.
The astronomers studied 13 ETNOs–calculating their average distance from the sun, and noting the inclination of their orbits relative to the plane of our solar system.
Previous research holds that the ETNOs should orbit our sun in roughly the same plane as the eight planets, and they should be distributed —> Read More Here