NASA scientists believe that our solar system has nine planets, and they want member of the public to help them discover that ninth planet.
Space projects site Zooniverse has recently launched a NASA-funded venture, titled “Backyard Worlds: Planet 9,” which allows members of the public to participate in the search for the yet-to-be-discovered planet.
Project managers said anyone can participate in the search for the ninth planet, which is also called the Planet X.
Dr. Laura Trouille of the Zooniverse site told reporters, “There are really low barriers to entry. Anyone can participate, from a kindergartener to a 95-year-old.”
The Planet X is expected to be four light-years away, between the planet Neptune and the nearest star Proxima Centauri. If a member of the public spots something that leads to the discovery of the ninth planet, he/she would get shared credit with NASA astronomers.
Pluto used to be our solar system’s ninth planet but it demoted to the status of a dwarf planet around a decade ago. Pluto was discovered by astronomer Clyde Tombaugh in 1930.