The supposed ninth planet in the solar system might be a black hole

the ninth planet
Artist’s concept of a hypothetical planet orbiting far from the Sun. Credit: Caltech/R. Hurt (IPAC)

Planet or Black Hole?

Scientists believe that groups of objects located on the edge of our solar system may indicate the presence of a huge object with the mass of the Earth’s super bodies behind Pluto might by the ninth planet.

Scientists at Harvard University and the Black Hole Initiative have developed a new method for finding black holes in the outer solar system and determining the true nature of the supposed ninth planet. According to scientists, a large comprehensive survey telescope may allow the existence or exclusion of the ninth planet if it turns out to be a black hole.

“The ninth planet maybe a black hole the size of an Indian lemon or grapefruit, and it is five times to ten times the mass of the Earth,” Amir Seraj, a Harvard university student who is involved in the study, said in a press release.

The research paper was published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, and the study may help us solve the mystery of dark matter.

According to the scientists participating in the study, if the ninth planet was a black hole, comets passing through the Oort cloud on the outskirts of our solar system will be clearly ignited when they collide with the space object. A large comprehensive telescope may allow observation of the glare of large comets.

“Why is he in that region?” Said Avi Loeb, head of the department at Harvard University. How were its properties formed? Did it have an impact on the history of the solar system? Are there other similar objects? »

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