Wednesday, January 20, 2016



A great discovery, the ninth planet. This ninth planet is an icy cold and dark world; actually that’s a guess. The entire planet is, to be honest, a guess, but an educated guess. The fact that others experience an odd orbital behavior is just part of the eveidence that something is there. The something that is there is estimated to have such a huge mass that it would be about two to four times the diameter of Earth. This would make it the largest planet – well, after Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus & Neptune. It is felt that such a planet at such an extreme distance would reflect so little sunlight that it could evade even the most powerful telescope. 


(Cross out the 8 and put us back to 9!)

It is important that I divulge the person responsible for this planet. He s known to many the world over as ‘the Pluto killer’ but is known to his own family as Mike, Michael E. Brown. Apparently his daughter, though actually quite young at the time, was more than a little mad that he ‘killed Pluto’. Years later she offered that she might forgive him if he discovered another – and enter the ninth planet, Michael Brown’s Hail Mary!


From NASA to professors and doctors the world overcome the calls to hold up and wait for/find more evidence. All of them have experienced this expectation every time something doesn’t orbit as expected or seems pulled another direction instead of towards the Sun which we know is soooo big so must prevail. NASA’s director of planetary sciences offered Carl Sagans quote that "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence."


The interesting part is ‘they’ speak of the incredible gravity that this to-date invisable planet is casting which suggests it’s a solid sort of planet BUT if you know anything about how the Solar System supposedly formed that requires being kicked out to the outside after forming on the inside. 


Brown doesn’t seem to have any doubt that the Ninth planet exists and will have no trouble passing the test (the one Pluto failed – remember?) One of the trickiest criteria for planet status, based on the standards set by the International Astronomical Union, is that a planet must "clear the neighborhood" around its orbital zone. It needs to have the gravitational prowess to change the orbits of other objects.


So the upshot is we’ll see, but wouldn’t it be cool? 


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