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The Search for “Planet Nine”

In 2006, a team of astronomers at Caltech discovered Eris, the only trans-Neptunian dwarf planet whose mass exceeds that of Pluto. This discovery led directly to the demotion of Pluto from planet status, bringing the number of known planets in our solar system back down to eight. 778 more words

Michael E. Brown

Exclusive: Interview with Pluto

In an Exclusive, Fuzzlabs has secured a straight communication line with the Planet… err I mean Dwarf Planet Pluto. Discovered in 1930 by an American Astronomer Clyde Tombaugh, Pluto enjoyed the status of a planet until 2006 before it was unceremoniously removed from the exclusive group of Planets comprising of major players like Jupiter and Earth. 1,411 more words

Astrophysics

The Story and Science Behind the “Discovery” of Planet 9 with Astronomer Konstantin Batygin

Planet 9 is the biggest astronomical “discovery” of recent memory, and the process of calculating its existence is revealed with astronomer Konstantin Batygin. When speculation of a large body of mass with an usual orbital alignment was detected, astronomers took to computer simulations, mathematical equations and a call to the public to discover the small gassous giant on the fringes of our solar system. 142 more words

Sci-Tech

Ninth planet found (with Pluto still as a dwarf planet)

Mike Brown, the Caltech professor who found a Pluto-sized object past Pluto that led to both being reclassified by the International Astronomical Union as “dwarf planets” (a promotion for Pluto to being the best and biggest of its category, not the demotion you often read about, see… 139 more words

08. Pluto, Comets, And Space Debris

Have we found a new planet in the Solar System?

Yesterday (Thursday 21 January) I was on BBC Radio talking about the possibility of their being a 9th planet in the Solar System (remember, in 2006 Pluto was demoted to being a minor-planet, leaving us with 8). 344 more words

News

There's a ninth planet out there – now we just need to find it

Mathematics suggests hidden gas giant in solar system

Pic Scientists at CalTech claim to have found proof that there is a ninth planet in the solar system, using computer modeling and historical astronomy data. 764 more words

Exoplanets

Discovery of apparent ninth planet is even bigger than 'Xena'

The scientist who once tried to name a new planet after Xena the Warrior Princess is the same guy who might have found a huge planet this week. 299 more words

Science And Technology