Published On: Wed, May 16th, 2018

Newfound Space Object With A Peculiar Orbit Points To The Elusive Planet Nine

3D illustration of the solar system featuring all the discovered eight planets and the elusive Planet Nine.

A newly discovered object could bring astronomers one step closer to finding the elusive Planet Nine, a hypothetical super-Earth that is allegedly lurking in the outer reaches of the solar system.

This mysterious object, dubbed 2015 BP519, is a rocky body with an unusual feature: its orbit has a 54-degree tilt with respect to the plane of the solar system, Quanta Magazine reports.

Although this is not the first time that astronomers uncover objects with a bizarre orbit — in fact, the very existence of Planet Nine is inferred from the peculiar orbits of a small number of worlds in the Kuiper Belt — this new object and its unique orbit bring substantial evidence that makes Planet Nine appear more tangible than ever before.

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Newfound Space Object With A Peculiar Orbit Points To The Elusive Planet Nine