The Mystery of the Giant Planet Hidden In Our Solar System

Could it be true? A giant planet, hiding in the Oort Cloud, well we suppose its so far away that we wouldn’t have spotted it by accident. If this wonder of the universe is found it should be named, in our opinion, dekarati! BTW Giove is Italian for, you guessed it, Jupiter – Deskarati

There’s a giant planet right here, hiding in our Solar System. One that nobody has ever seen, even while it is four times larger than Jupiter and has rings and moons orbiting it. At least, that’s what two astrophysicists say.

The name of the planet is Tyche. The scientists are John Matese and Daniel Whitmire, from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. According to them, this colossus is hiding in the Oort Cloud—the asteroid beehive that forms the outer shell of our home system, one light-year in radius. They claim that data already captured by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer proves its existence. It only needs to be analyzed… over the next two years.

Matese and Whitmire are convinced that Tyche is very real now, however. 15,000 times farther from the Sun than Earth, Tyche would be made mostly of hydrogen and helium. The titanic planet would orbit the Sun with moons and rings around it, bubbling with clouds and storm systems similar to Jupiter. It would even have a mild temperature (-73ºC/-99.4ºF) compared to the asteroids around it, which are almost near absolute zero. Whitmire says that the temperature difference is because a titan of this size takes a long time to cool off after its formation.

Would Tyche be the 9th planet of our Solar System, after Pluto’s demise? If its existence is finally confirmed, its Solar System planet status may not be guaranteed. The reason: Astronomers theorize that Tyche could be a planet born in another star system and captured by ours. But whatever classification it gets, it’s exciting to think that there may be a new neighbor just around the corner.

via The Mystery of the Giant Planet Hidden In Our Solar System.

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One Response to The Mystery of the Giant Planet Hidden In Our Solar System

  1. alfy says:

    You all know how I hate to be the bringer of bad news. Last week there was a chat radio programme (Radio 4, of course) which featured Jocelyn Bell, a distinguished astronomer. It was she who discovered pulsars (?) while only a research student. For this, her Prof was awarded a Nobel prize, but the Committee did not include Jocelyn in the awards at all. I mention this to indicate how the Nobel prizes can be awarded in a totally daft way. (vide comments on Roosevelt and Obama in the posting on Mount Rushmore).

    Jocelyn was on the radio to give a puff for a big public lecture she was soon to deliver, and she discussed among other things the hidden mystery giant planet. Cutting a long story short, she considered it was complete hogwash. As you only have my remembered impression, I shall try to find some details for deskarati.

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