Since Pluto was downgraded to a dwarf planet, the world of space has been constantly abuzz over the possibility of a ninth planet in our Solar System. While trying to disprove the existence of a ninth planet in 2016, scientists actually realized they might have discovered one quite a distance from Pluto. There have been other instances of possible ninth-planet sightings, although none have been confirmed to date.

The most recent possibility exists in the Kuiper belt, a ring-shaped accumulation of matter within our Solar System. Researchers at the University of Arizona have spotted mysterious movement within the belt that they believe could point to a previously-undiscovered planet.

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Saturday, 19 November 2016 00:00

Ninth Planet Could Be Identified Soon

Since Pluto was reclassified in 2006, the solar system has been considered as having only eight planets. But in the past couple of years, a possible ninth planet has emerged, with astronomers arguing that it could explain the mystery configuration of a set of minor planets beyond the Kuiper belt.

Two new findings may bring the scientific community even closer to accepting the existence of a ninth planet. Although no ninth planet has been seen, one of the findings proposes that the mystery planet could be the reason for the six-degree tilt of the sun. In a statement, one astronomer said that the massive size of the planet, combined with its orbit tilt, is enough to gradually shift the Solar System out of alignment.

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Monday, 26 October 2015 00:00

Ice, Blue Skies Found on Pluto

On the heels of NASA’s discovery of water on Mars comes news that the space agency has discovered blue skies and frozen patches of water on Pluto. This was the first time in history man has explored the planet in detail. The discovery was made by the New Horizons mission, which conducted a flyby of Mars in July of this year. Once approved, the spaceship will further explore the Kuiper Belt, which is believed to have comets, asteroids, and small bodies of water that are mostly ice.

Some experts have long theorized that a mass of water lies beneath Pluto’s surface and the patches of ice come closer to confirming this is true. Most of the ice was spotted in a crack that runs from a crater on the planet. NASA published photos of the crater in July, with one planetary scientist saying the crater could be either an eroded asteroid or comet impact crater and tectonic lines. If so, this means the planet could be geologically active.

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