It marked the end of six years of research by astronomers who identified 461 celestial bodies outside of Neptune in a project. Some of these orbits are so strange that they may indicate the presence of a hitherto unknown object in the Solar System. Could it be that they have found further evidence of the long-awaited existence of the mysterious Ninth Planet?
Of the nearly half a thousand celestial bodies that have been discovered, four are amazingly far away, 230 astronomical units (CSE) from Earth. (The astronomical unit corresponds to the distance between the Sun and Earth, which is approximately 149.6 million kilometers.) The researchers say that the orbits of distant UFOs could be shaped by a hitherto unknown celestial body that could match the long-awaited distant objects. After the ninth planet. As is well known, some theories suggest that a planet five to ten times the size of Earth might orbit around the edge of the solar system, but its existence has not been conclusively proven yet.
The new observation was made as part of a dark energy survey called the Dark Energy Survey. The project, which officially began in 2013 and covers one-eighth of the sky, aims to study various galactic structures and search for dark matter.
Within six years, the Blanco telescope in Chile confirmed the existence of a total of 817 new objects, 461 of which had not previously been described by experts even at a theoretical level.
The results of the study, which will last for years, will soon be published in a professional journal, the full scope of the preliminary study is arXiv Oldalon Available.
The closest objects in the prism are located at 30 CSE and all orbits in one of the darkest and loneliest regions of the Solar System. So far, science has identified a total of 3,000 of these so-called transverse objects (TNO for short). The most famous celestial bodies are the dwarf planets Pluto and Eris, but there is also the Kuiper Belt, which includes many icy bodies.
The 461 things that have just been described have never been described before by anyone. Astronomers have identified nine celestial bodies orbiting the Sun after 150 CSE based on their orbits.
The experts also found four objects with very interesting trajectories. This is the farthest from the Sun (230 CSE), and its motion may not be affected by Neptune, but by a vast, very distant planet located almost at the edge of the Solar System.
The researchers hope that by studying these four celestial bodies more closely, they can justify or perhaps refute the existence of Planet Nine.
In addition to the above, the researchers also identified 4 new Trojan asteroids in Neptune. A Trojan asteroid is a celestial body that orbits (in this case, Neptune). In addition, the giant Bernardinelli-Bernstein cauldron with a width of 160 kilometers was noted.
The results shown are also exciting because the original mission of the dark energy survey was not to search for objects beyond Neptune, however, 20 percent of all microorganisms discovered so far have been found by this search program.
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