Planet X Is Real And It Formed In Our Solar System, New Study

Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown, two astronomers, published in 2016 what they said was the first evidence of there being another planet in the Solar System with the name of Planet 9.

The planet was thought to be orbiting at some distance from the Sun and since then more studies have been made with the aim of addressing the question everyone wanted to know, where Planet X, also known as Planet 9, actually came from.

Was Planet 9 An Exoplanet Early In The History Of The Solar System?

Some of the studies have revealed that the planet might have moved to the Solar Systems edge when it formed closer to the Sun. Other people have said that it could be an exoplanet that was in the history of the Solar System early. However, two astronomers have now cast doubts on the latter and they have suggested that Planet 9 could have formed a lot closer to the Sun and then migrated out throughout history.

The study by the two former astronomers was called “Was Planet 9 Captured in the Suns Natal Star-Forming Region” and it was published in the Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society”. Dr Richard Parker from the University of Sheffield Department of Physics and Astronomy made simulations that cast doubt on the capture scenario.

The existence of Planet 9 had first been suggested back in 2014 by Scott S. Sheppard and Chad Trujillo and they based their suggestions on behavior that was unusual of certain populations of extreme Trans-Neptunian Objects. They conducted studies over years and constraints had gradually been placed on the parameters of the planet.

Planet 9 Could Be Ten Times Larger Than Earth

Planet 9 is thought to be ten times as big as Earth and around two to four times its size. It is thought that it has an elliptical orbit around the Sun and the average distance is about 700 AU, and it ranges from 200 AU at perihelion to about 1200 AU at aphelion. The scientists said that Planet 9 would take between 10,000 and 20,000 years for it to complete one single orbit of the Sun. Due to this, it is not thought that Planet 9 will have formed in its current location. This is one of the reasons why astronomers have argued that it was formed close to the Sun or it was captured out of another star system many billions of years ago.

Dr. Parker said that it is known that planetary systems do form same time that the stars do and young stars are typically found in groups, with interactions between the stellar siblings are something that is common. The environment was the stars form will directly affect the planetary systems much like our own and usually are so dense in a population that the stars are able to capture other stars and in some cases planets.

Odds Of Planet 9 Being Captured Is Low

The team undertook numerous simulations of the Solar System for their study when in the early phase of formation. The interactions with the other star systems along with their planets were common during this period and the team of researchers found that despite the conditions being optimized for capturing planets that were free-floating, the odds that Planet 9 had been captured were low.

The simulations revealed that the orbit of Planet 9 around 5 to 10 planets from the 10,000 would have been captured during the Solar System being young. This meant that the chances of Planet 9 being kicked out of a different solar system, and then being captured by the Sun, were only around 1 out of 1,200 or 2,000.

If Planet 9 had not been captured then there is just one possibility remaining, that it was formed nearer to the Sun and then it made its way beyond Neptune’s orbit and went on to reach distances that had been occupied by Kuiper Belt Objects that were the most extreme. The search for the mysterious and somewhat elusive planet is continuing and research that puts additional constraints on the characteristics have been found to be very useful.

Only by ruling out the many different scenarios by which the planet may have formed can the researchers ask new questions about the evolution and the history of the Solar System. These are questions such as from when did the planets that we know come from and did migration play a part or did they form in their current orbit?

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