Scientists and citizens share hunger to find Planet Nine

The idea of the possible existence of “Planet Nine” near the far edge of our solar system has been perplexing astronomers since January last year, CalTech scientists claimed that they had detected an undiscovered planet in the so-called Kuiper Belt.

Pluto has been demoted to the status of a dwarf planet. However, it isn’t the only dwarf planet as at least four others dwarf planets also exist, including the notorious Eris, which is also called ‘Pluto killer’.

The location and movement of all of these dwarf planets, which are lurking in the outer edges of the solar system, can’t be explained by the objects we know to date and astronomers are of the view that there must be a massive planet we haven’t seen yet.

The idea of Planet Nine started in 2014, but it gained momentum last year when two CalTech researchers claimed that they had detected a ninth planet in the Kuiper Belt.

Recently, the Australian National University announced their decision to crowdsource the search for the Planet Nine.

Experts are of the view that the Planet Nine would be nearly 10 times of Earth’s mass, with a really strange orbit requiring it at least 10,000 years to orbit the Sun.