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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, 11 February 2017 00:00

Researchers Eye Exoplanet as Possibly Habitable

For life to exist on other planets, certain conditions must be present. So when a new planet is discovered that meets at least some of those conditions, the scientific community gets excited. A newly-discovered exoplanet called Wolf 1061c has ignited that type of excitement due to its location.

Wolf 1061c is firmly situated in an area known as the “Goldilocks zone,” a term that refers to an area around a star that has the right conditions to host water. The exoplanet is located approximately 14 light years away from Earth.

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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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