Immense buzz was created when Pluto was devoid its place as one of the 9 planets of the Solar System. However, amidst a lot of speculation, research and analysis, a decision was made. This decision was that Pluto would now be called as the “dwarf planet”.
So, when you are asked the question of how many planets the solar system has, the answer is 8. However, with the latest in research in this field, it seems the number of planets will soon be 9. Technically speaking, the last planet spotted was Neptune, back in 1846.
The finest astronomers, telescopes, researchers are all ready to have a look at the sky atop the Hawaii’s Mauna Kea Mountain on January 5, 2017. The large and amazing Subaru telescope will be pointed towards a patch of sky. Now, this patch is in close vicinity of the constellation of Orion. And, the subject will be an extremely faint object, which is moving at a very slow speed in the space. Well, definitely if the astronomers are able to find the attributes they are looking for, it will be the 9th planet of the Solar System.
The pictures taken by the telescope- Subaru, will be closely pondered and analyzed by the group of astronomers, including Scott Sheppard of the Carnegie Institution for Science, Washington D.C.
Sheppard had said-“We’re looking for things that move, so we’re looking for anything that’s not a star or a galaxy, basically,”.
He and his colleagues have been studying and analyzing distant objects. In 2014, Sheppard and a colleague also published a paper. The paper suggested that some distant objects are behaving as if; there is an object which is even more distant and is tugging on them with a gravitational pull. They suggest that the behavior of the object is very much like that of an undiscovered planet.
A similar behavior is observed from a computer model which is developed by 2 more astronomers at Caltech. In accordance with the model-
- The planet is really present.
- The prediction is that it is at least 10 times massive than Earth.
- In fact, it also has the ability to provide explanation to the slight tilt of the sun with respect to the solar system.
However, astronomer David Jewitt, University of California, L. A. thinks and states it is inappropriate to get bothered about a new planet. He further feels that the theories and models do have value, but it is too fast to jump to conclusions.
There are always those, who believe and those who are skeptical. The coming Thursday, the analysis and the research will unfold the mystery surrounding the faint moving object in the space.