Whether it exists or not, Planet Nine continues to hide in the proverbial shadows. The scientific community now has a new line of exploration for the elusive space object.
This is because astronomers may have unknowingly observed Planet Nine as early as 1983. report from Scientific signal reveals.
An astronomer at Imperial College London, Michael Rowan-Robinson, analyzed data from observations made by the Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS) in 1983 and said it could contain evidence of the elusive planet Nine.
Search for the elusive planet nine
Planet nine is currently just a hypothesis, extrapolated in 2016 from the observation of an anomalous gravitational force in the Kuiper belt on the outskirts of our solar system. The elusive object may not actually exist, or it may exist small black hole, according to recent theory.
In Rowan-Robinson new paper, which appears on a prepress server and has not yet been verified by partners, the astronomer says that images taken by IRAS in 1983 may directly show Planet Nine, although he himself admits that this is far from certain. something. In his document, he says that “given the poor quality of IRAS detections, at the very edge of the study and in a very difficult part of the sky for remote infrared detection, the probability that the candidate is real is not huge. “
However, he also points out that “given the great interest of the Nine Planets hypothesis, it would be worthwhile to check whether an object with the proposed parameters and in the proposed area of the sky is incompatible with the planetary [movements]”
The planet Michael Rowan-Robinson?
The original 2016 document, which provided evidence of a potential planet Nine, suggested that the hypothetical planet could be up to ten times the mass of Earth and that it avoided detection because it was up to 10 times the distance of Neptune from the sun and therefore receives very little light from the sun. However, an in-depth investigation has so far failed to uncover direct evidence of the space object, which has partly led to the black hole theory.
In his article, Rowan-Robinson proposes a new line of inquiry: based on IRAS observations from 1983, he identified three key sources, each of which was discovered within about a month of each other. The three separate observations suggest a transitional site, Rowan-Robinson said. The astronomer proposes to analyze infrared and optical data at these three points. It may be a huge shot in the proverbial and literally dark, but if the new line of investigation somehow provides direct evidence on planet nine, hopefully they don’t actually call it Planet Michael.