Potential evidence for a ninth planet in the Solar System came from data from a telescope in 1983.
Evidence of the 9th planet in the old data
Leading astronomer Michael Rowan-Robinson, emeritus professor of astrophysics at Imperial College London, UK, discovered that data collected by a space telescope showed the candidate possible for the ninth planet theory.
Potential data on the 9th planet in the Solar System comes from observations that the Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS) launched in 1983. It was the first orbiting observatory to observe the entire night sky in infrared spectrum.Rowan-Robinson reviews data from IRAS’ 10-month mission to see if anything remains undiscovered. He paid close attention to slow-moving objects between different observations. With that, he was able to rule out any fast-moving objects, like comets or asteroids. Astronomer Rowan-Robinson noted that the change in position of the candidate planets could be due to a parallax as the Earth orbits the Sun causing IRAS’s position to change angle.
The British astronomer examined hundreds of sources in the data, however, three observations made in June, July and September 1983 of which he was most interested. These observations suggest that the new planet may be 3 to 5 times larger than Earth. The potential planet is thought to be the 9th planet that could orbit the Sun at a distance of 225 times that of Earth.
Constantly searching for the 9th planet
However, astronomer Rowan-Robinson admitted in a recent paper that the 1983 observations were not of high quality and that the observed sky was made of filaments of gas. (Cirrus clouds). These clouds-like gases make it difficult to read observations clearly.
He also noted that a recent survey of the sky with the Pan-STARRS telescope in Hawaii had failed to record the object. This may suggest that the 9th planet he claims to have discovered is not real.
He also recommended that astronomers examine the orbits of dwarf planets beyond Pluto. Those tests might account for his observations.
“The candidate is in orbit that is completely inconsistent with our predictions for Planet 9 and will not be able to orbit the distant Solar System in the way that we have proposed. But, of course, that doesn’t mean it’s not real,” emphasized Mike Brown, a planetary scientist.Planetary scientist Mike Brown further notes that this means there was an accidental discovery of a celestial body in the universe during the search for planet 9. Pluto has also been found in the same way. the same, similar. “Scientist Tombaugh looked for the planet X suggested by American astronomer Percival Lowell and accidentally found Pluto. Pluto is not the predicted planet X,” Brown said.
The universe is constantly bringing new mysteries for humanity to uncover, BGR noted. Recently, scientists discovered that an asteroid could be a fragment of the Moon. For now, however, the ninth planet – if it exists – is continuing to elude us.