There are some small dwarf planets somewhere at the edge of our solar system. Their strange movement suggests that a mysterious planet might be somewhere out there too, making its gravitational pull known. Many have theorized that a hidden planet, called Planet Nine or Nibiru, might lurk in the shadows, ready to bring doom upon all the world. However, new research presented on Monday at the American Astronomical Society in Denver suggests that there might be something else out there.
It seems that small bits of space debris and their collective gravity might be at fault for the unusual behavior of these space objects. Most of them, as they orbit the sun, can sometimes seem completely disconnected. Normally, they should all move in the same direction. What’s even more interesting is that these seemingly small and unimportant objects might have triggered the end of the dinosaurs. According to Jacob Fleisig, who presented the study on Monday, there could be thousands of similar objects out there, waiting to be found. In order to reach this result, the team used computer simulations. This was how they were able to find that these small and icy objects orbit the sun a lot quicker than they should.
The mystery behind Planet 9
Fleisig says that the orbits of these smaller objects usually concentrate on one side of the sun. They inevitably crash into the bigger body. What happens is a change in the orbit, from an oval shape to a circular one. This is why the orbits of certain objects can appear detached from our solar system. It happens because of the interactions with these smaller bodies’ gravity. It could mean that the famous Planet 9 is actually a gang of mischievous asteroids.
These distant asteroids could also interact with comets. It’s a possibility that a certain pattern caused the huge rock that killed the dinosaurs to arrive on Earth. This is not a certainty, but it’s definitely interesting to study further.
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