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Could the Solar System Hold a Ninth Planet?

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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.

Other scientists have searched in the far recesses of the Solar System for a ninth planet, but the University of Arizona team believes it may be much closer to Earth. They point out that the Kuiper belt bodies shifted, which could have moved the planet closer.

But the team has opposition. Some experts say it’s unlikely that a planet close to Earth would have gone unnoticed all these years. The team plans to take a closer look at the objects in the Kuiper belt. In the meantime, the findings of the study can be found in The Astronomical Journal.

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Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and novelist whose work has appeared on NYPost.com, PSMag.com, the Intuit Small Business Blog, and many others. She is the Simon & Schuster author of 8 children's books, including the Piper Morgan chapter book series, 25 Roses, and 30 Days of No Gossip.

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