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Mysterious 'Planet Nine' gets more evidence from weird space rock
Fox News ^ | May 21, 2018 | Elizabeth Howell, Space.com

Posted on 05/21/2018 2:30:59 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The solar system just got a bit stranger. As astronomers continue their ongoing quest to find the elusive Planet Nine, a team found a space rock that lends credence to the idea that a huge super-Earth planet really exists in the outer reaches of our solar system.

The newfound asteroid, called 2015 BP519, adds to a growing body of evidence about little worlds in the solar system being perturbed by something big. Astronomers detailed its discovery and description in a new paper, adding that its bizarre angle of its orbit gives more weight to the idea that a big planet is out there — somewhere — tugging on the asteroid's path around the sun.

"We also consider the long term orbital stability and evolutionary behavior within the context of the Planet Nine hypothesis, and find that 2015 BP519 adds to the circumstantial evidence for the existence of this proposed new member of the solar system," read the abstract of the paper, which is available now on preprint website Arxiv and has been submitted to The Astronomical Journal. [How Astronomers Could Actually See 'Planet Nine']

Following up on the discovery, Quanta Magazine recently published an articlesurveying several astrophysicists who specialize in studying small worlds, including the discoverers of 2015 BP519. While not everybody agreed that Planet Nine was responsible for the strange orbit, the overwhelming majority agreed the new discovery gives more credence to the idea. "The second you put Planet Nine in the simulations, not only can you form objects like this object, but you absolutely do," lead author Juliette Becker, a graduate student at the University of Michigan, told Quanta. (You can look at the object's orbit online here.)

The solar system just got a bit stranger....

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Science; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: 2015bp519; asteroid; juliettebecker; xplanets
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1 posted on 05/21/2018 2:30:59 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When I was growing up, we HAD 9 planets. As far as I am concerned, we still do.

My
Very
Educated
Mother
Just
Served
Us
Nine
Pizza Pies

:)


2 posted on 05/21/2018 2:34:18 PM PDT by Magnum44 (My comprehensive terrorism plan: Hunt them down and kill them)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Planet Nine?

I found it!


3 posted on 05/21/2018 2:35:48 PM PDT by KC_Lion (If you want on First Lady Melania's, Ivanka Trump's or Sarah Palin's Ping Lists, just let me know.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

New movie: Plan 9 from Planet Nine from Outer Space.


4 posted on 05/21/2018 2:36:37 PM PDT by Cecily
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To: Magnum44

I learned that they were called

Mercury
Venus
Earth
Mars
Jupiter
Saturn
Uranus
Neptune
Pluto

Who taught you those names? :-P


5 posted on 05/21/2018 2:37:05 PM PDT by edh
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To: KC_Lion

Yep, and what they call Planet 9 now was what we called Planet X back then.


6 posted on 05/21/2018 2:37:25 PM PDT by Magnum44 (My comprehensive terrorism plan: Hunt them down and kill them)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s a small world after all.......................


7 posted on 05/21/2018 2:39:26 PM PDT by Red Badger (Remember all the great work Obama did for the black community?.............. Me neither.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Don't fall for these people, Planet 9! They'll romance you, profess their love for you and ultimately seduce you. Later, when they're done having their way with you they'll dump you and say you were never a Planet at all.

Run away, run away!

8 posted on 05/21/2018 2:39:27 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Everybody knows that Planet X blew up and left behind the asteroid belt.

It was in the movies.


9 posted on 05/21/2018 2:40:15 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: SunkenCiv

*ping*


10 posted on 05/21/2018 2:40:19 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj ("It's Slappin' Time !")
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To: edh
Hey, hey. Made you say "Uranus"


11 posted on 05/21/2018 2:41:04 PM PDT by Magnum44 (My comprehensive terrorism plan: Hunt them down and kill them)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So we can “see” asteroids the size of a school bus way out there, but can’t be sure about a whole freakin’ PLANET? Gimmie a break!


12 posted on 05/21/2018 2:42:05 PM PDT by JimRed ( TERM LIMITS, NOW! Build the Wall Faster! TRUTH is the new HATE SPEECH.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So, it was Planet 9 from outer space, not Plan 9.


13 posted on 05/21/2018 2:42:37 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I found some kind of weird space rock the other day.

Turns out it was an old tennis shoe.

I think it made the moon move.


14 posted on 05/21/2018 2:46:07 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Magnum44

Planet X really means Planet 10. Back during the search for Pluto, Ceres was considered a planet. Later it was classified an asteroid. Now it’s classified as a dwarf planet, same as Pluto.


15 posted on 05/21/2018 2:47:10 PM PDT by Telepathic Intruder
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Elizabeth is from Planet Claire.


16 posted on 05/21/2018 2:48:31 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Telepathic Intruder

Yes, I know the history, and roman numerals. I just think its all kind of funny how things change and still stay the same.


17 posted on 05/21/2018 2:51:35 PM PDT by Magnum44 (My comprehensive terrorism plan: Hunt them down and kill them)
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To: KevinDavis; annie laurie; Knitting A Conundrum; Viking2002; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Mmogamer; ...
Thanks 2ndDivisionVet. Also pingin' X-Planets.
 
X-Planets
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To Pluto -- And Far Beyond
"To Pluto And Far Beyond" By David H. Levy, Parade, January 15, 2006 -- We don't have a dictionary definition yet that includes all the contingencies. In the wake of the new discovery, however, the International Astronomical Union has set up a group to develop a workable definition of planet. For our part, in consultation with several experienced planetary astronomers, Parade offers this definition: A planet is a body large enough that, when it formed, it condensed under its own gravity to be shaped like a sphere. It orbits a star directly and is not a moon of another planet.

18 posted on 05/21/2018 2:52:30 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (www.tapatalk.com/groups/godsgravesglyphs/, forum.darwincentral.org, www.gopbriefingroom.com)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Whoops! Thanks fieldmarshaldj.

19 posted on 05/21/2018 2:54:07 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (www.tapatalk.com/groups/godsgravesglyphs/, forum.darwincentral.org, www.gopbriefingroom.com)
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To: Magnum44

And it’s likely to repeat itself even further. If they find this 9th planet, they’ll probably have to reclassify it again as a dwarf planet, even though it’s bigger than Earth. The reason: like Pluto, it has probably not cleared its orbit, being such an eccentric one.


20 posted on 05/21/2018 2:55:25 PM PDT by Telepathic Intruder
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