Astronomers observed some peculiar phenomena taking place near the Kuiper Belt, and suspect they might be caused by an unknown cosmic body which could be a new planet. They couldn’t analyze it properly, but they hope that the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, which is currently under construction, will help them take a peek at the hidden object.
A hidden object disturbs the Kuiper Belt
The prospect of new planets near the Solar System has already got everybody excited, and astronomers are constantly on the look for new objects in space. This mysterious object might be given the nickname of “Planet 10”, since there is already another cosmic body holding the name “Planet 9”. This object is quite far away from our Solar System, but Planet 10 might be lurking just near the Kuiper Belt.
Researchers discovered how the orbits of all objects from the Kuiper Belt took an unusual trajectory, so they suspected that some hidden planet-sized body is the culprit behind this phenomenon. However, spotting planets so far away is incredibly hard, since most objects in the Belt are much too dark for most telescopes.
Scientists will soon be able to analyze more celestial bodies
Fortunately, a new and more advanced telescope is currently in development, namely the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). This tool will be able to cover a much larger portion of the sky. Therefore, researchers will be able to discover more hidden objects. Also, the advanced lens will show them the exact position of the bodies and their magnitude.
Scientists have always thought there are more planets in the Solar System than we know, so it’s not impossible for Planet 9 and even Planet 10 to exist. Previous studies identified potential celestial objects lurking at the edges of the Solar System, and one of them might be of a planetary mass, namely between Earth’s and Mars’ size.
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