Scientists, citizens join forces in search of Planet Nine

Scientists, citizens join forces in search of Planet Nine

Astronomers and stargazing citizens alike are in the pursuit to spot the existence of the Planet Nine, a yet to be discovered planet that is believed to exist in the so-called Kuiper Belt.

The idea of Planet Nine has been swirling since 2014, but it gained attention in 2016 after two CalTech scientists claimed that they had detected a ninth planet in the Kuiper Belt, far beyond Neptune.

The site and movement of multiple dwarf planets that are lurking at edges of the solar system can not be explained by the currently known objects. Astronomers believe that there must be a hug planet that we have failed to spot yet.

Scientists have estimated that the Planet Nine would be nearly 10 times of the mass of Earth, with a very strange orbit that requires it 10,000 to 20,000 years to complete an orbit of the Sun.

Researchers at the Australian National University (ANU) recently announced a project called Planet Nine Search. It allows members of the public to participate in the search for the elusive Planet Nine.

American space agency NASA and Berkeley-based University of California have also announced a similar project known as Backyard Worlds involving citizen scientists to find the Planet Nine.


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