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British astronomer claims to have found the enigmatic Planet Nine

British astronomer claims to have found the enigmatic Planet Nine

London, Nov 12 (Prensa Latina) British astronomer Michael Rowan-Robinson published a study where he revealed to have found a new candidate that could be the enigmatic Planet Nine proposed by two California astronomers in 2016.
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The scientists from Imperial College London analyzed images obtained by the old orbiting observatory IRAS and perceived various celestial bodies in the outer solar system. Of these, R20593 + 6413 was the only one that met all the requirements to be Planet Nine.

According to the astronomer, this object is at a distance from the Sun 225-250 times greater than the Earth and its mass exceeds that of our planet by 3-5 times. It is located within the constellation Cepheus and rotates in a very inclined orbit.

Rowan-Robinson indicates that this could explain why the supposed ninth planet of our solar system has not yet been found, since previously scientists did not consider that it could rotate in such an orbit.

Now, the expert hopes that new observations will be carried out with optical and infrared telescopes to confirm this hypothesis.

The astronomers who first proposed the existence of Planet Nine were Michael E. Brown and Konstantin Batygin. If confirmed, the Rowan-Robinson finding would mark an important milestone in the history of astronomy, since a new planet would be incorporated into our solar system.

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