Largest planet in the solar system could be about to be discovered - and it's up to four times the size of Jupiter

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Largest planet in the solar system could be about to be discovered - and it's up to four times the size of Jupiter

Post by Strawberry on Mon Feb 14, 2011 8:59 pm


Scientists believe they may have found a new planet in the far reaches of the solar system, up to four times the mass of Jupiter.
Its orbit would be thousands of times further from the Sun than the Earth's - which could explain why it has so far remained undiscovered.

Data which could prove the existence of Tyche, a gas giant in the outer Oort Cloud, is set to be released later this year - although some believe proof has already been garnered by Nasa with its pace telescope, Wise, and is waiting to be pored over.

Read more at this link:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1356748/Search-Tyche-believed-largest-planet-solar-system.html
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Re: Largest planet in the solar system could be about to be discovered - and it's up to four times the size of Jupiter

Post by Lurker on Tue Feb 15, 2011 12:34 pm

Right in Time for 2012 lol!

So, since Pluto was degraded, we only have 8 planets in the solar system..

what will the Planet X tards say? They need to change everything into Planet IX !! Very Happy

the data still needs to be analysed before they can say yes it's orbit is in our solar system, or outside
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"But now scientists believe the proof of its existence has already been gathered by a Nasa space telescope, Wise, and is just waiting to be analysed.

The first tranche of data is to be released in April, and astrophysicists John Matese and Daniel Whitmire from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette think it will reveal Tyche within two years."


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that's the most interesting part imho:
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A few of these comets are dislodged from their orbits by the galactic tide - the combined gravitational pull from the billions of stars towards the centre of the Milky Way - and start the long fall into the inner solar system.

Professors Matese and Whitmire first proposed the existence of Tyche to explain why many of these long-period comets were coming from the wrong direction. In their latest paper, published in the February issue of Icarus, the international journal of solar system studies, they report that more than 20 per cent too many long-period comets observed since 1898 arrive from a band circling the sky at a higher angle than predicted by the galactic tide theory.

No other proposal has been put forward to explain this anomaly since it was first reported 12 years ago.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10706084
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