Sorry Pluto, There is a New Ninth Planet

A hypothetical rendering of the new planet created by California Institute of Technology

R. Hurt | Infrared Processing and Analysis Center/Courtesy of California Institute of Technology

A hypothetical rendering of the new planet created by California Institute of Technology

by Sedona Goodbar , Opinions Editor

Astronomers have recently convinced the world that there has been evidence of a new planet. That’s right Pluto, you are being replaced.

Step outside, on a clear moonless night,and take a look across the sky high above the earth. There is supposedly a planet far out in the galaxy. No one has ever seen this planet, nor does anyone know anything about the far away galactic orb. All we know about the theorized Planet Nine is that, according to the California Institute of Technology, “nothing else would explain the odd motion of objects in the Kuiper Belt of comets, asteroids and dwarf planets such as Pluto.” The objects in the Kuiper Belt would not be able to work as well as it does without the existence of a planet near this field.

Mike Murray, astronomer and planetarium manager at the Delta College Planetarium and Learning Center in downtown Bay City, Michigan, explains the possible orbit of the planet. “ It is believed to travel an elliptical orbit[an orbit that is dependent on the eclipse] around the sun, coming as close as 5 times the distance of Pluto from Earth, and as far away as 20 times the distance to Pluto.”

In order to prove the mysterious planet’s existence, there has to be a form of photographic proof, once this planet is proved the International Astronomical Union will have the authorization to find a more prominent name.

Murray believes that the possible discovery of Planet Nine is a huge deal because “It shows there’s much to be discovered about the Solar System,” and that we are hopefully one day going to have the advancements to discover this new part of the world.