Is There A Giant Planet Hidden in the Outer Region of the Solar System?

TycheJupiterSeems like even the Solar System has been an unstable place lately: we had Pluto losing its planet status in 2006 and now this. This is really cool even though, some believe the chance for another planet is not very likely. But this will surely give those 2012-crackpots more fuel for their crazy “Nemesis” idea. Paul Rodgers writes in the Independent:

If you grew up thinking there were nine planets and were shocked when Pluto was demoted five years ago, get ready for another surprise. There may be nine after all, and Jupiter may not be the largest.

The hunt is on for a gas giant up to four times the mass of Jupiter thought to be lurking in the outer Oort Cloud, the most remote region of the solar system. The orbit of Tyche (pronounced ty-kee), would be 15,000 times farther from the Sun than the Earth’s, and 375 times farther than Pluto’s, which is why it hasn’t been seen so far.

But scientists now 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. “If it does, John and I will be doing cartwheels,” Professor Whitmire said. “And that’s not easy at our age.”

Once Tyche has been located, other telescopes could be pointed at it to confirm the discovery.

Read More in the Independent

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32 Responses to Is There A Giant Planet Hidden in the Outer Region of the Solar System?

  1. grooveboss February 18, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    Stupid scientists don’t they know that objects in space are created via will power. If they want to find a planet bad enough a planet will be created. Or is it the planet creating itself from within the person.

  2. grooveboss February 18, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    Stupid scientists don’t they know that objects in space are created via will power. If they want to find a planet bad enough a planet will be created. Or is it the planet creating itself from within the person.

    • Jaq February 19, 2011 at 1:06 am #

      No.

  3. Dunzain February 18, 2011 at 5:09 pm #

    Let’s see how long it will take before doomsday nuts will announce that this planet will hit earth in 2012…

  4. Dunzain February 18, 2011 at 1:09 pm #

    Let’s see how long it will take before doomsday nuts will announce that this planet will hit earth in 2012…

  5. justagirl February 18, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    my very educated mother just served us nine tacos(?).

  6. justagirl February 18, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    my very educated mother just served us nine tacos(?).

    • grooveboss February 18, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

      <3 I love me some mystical tacos that predict the future. But she could still be lingering from the loss of pluto. Time will tell.

      • justagirl February 18, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

        don’t worry. pluto is not lost. in fact, it’s even got a couple of friends. ;

  7. Andrew February 18, 2011 at 6:09 pm #

    As if how we classified Pluto had any effect on Pluto itself.

  8. Andrew February 18, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

    As if how we classified Pluto had any effect on Pluto itself.

    • justagirl February 18, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

      oh, but it did! however, being the “big dick” in the kuiper belt has it’s advantages. i don’t think it would come back even if we wanted it to.

      • grooveboss February 18, 2011 at 2:54 pm #

        we shall set it on fire and create a new sun when the earth is gone and be forced to live on pluto as he laughs at us for not having a planet. If only we kept our mouths shut, the market value on planetoids is so not worth the money.

        • justagirl February 18, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

          i didn’t reject it. did you?

          • grooveboss February 18, 2011 at 8:46 pm #

            No Pluto is the lord of the under world, the gate way to the far reaches of the universe.

          • justagirl February 19, 2011 at 11:03 am #

            LOL! you’re cute.

  9. FMPU February 18, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

    FINALLY. Something that makes Jupiter look small. So sick of that freakin’ huge planet dominating “largeness” in our solar system. Jovian fools.

  10. FMPU February 18, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    FINALLY. Something that makes Jupiter look small. So sick of that freakin’ huge planet dominating “largeness” in our solar system. Jovian fools.

  11. justagirl February 18, 2011 at 6:38 pm #

    oh, but it did! however, being the “big dick” in the kuiper belt has it’s advantages. i don’t think it would come back even if we wanted it to.

  12. grooveboss February 18, 2011 at 6:51 pm #

    <3 I love me some mystical tacos that predict the future. But she could still be lingering from the loss of pluto. Time will tell.

  13. grooveboss February 18, 2011 at 6:54 pm #

    we shall set it on fire and create a new sun when the earth is gone and be forced to live on pluto as he laughs at us for not having a planet. If only we kept our mouths shut, the market value on planetoids is so not worth the money.

  14. justagirl February 18, 2011 at 7:12 pm #

    don’t worry. pluto is not lost. in fact, it’s even got a couple of friends. ;

  15. justagirl February 18, 2011 at 7:12 pm #

    i didn’t reject it. did you?

  16. Manitoidman February 18, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    Well, just as was predicted long ago, Planet X is back for a visit.
    It should be an amazing next couple of years!!!

  17. Manitoidman February 19, 2011 at 12:31 am #

    Well, just as was predicted long ago, Planet X is back for a visit.
    It should be an amazing next couple of years!!!

  18. grooveboss February 19, 2011 at 12:46 am #

    No Pluto is the lord of the under world, the gate way to the far reaches of the universe.

  19. dueycrim February 18, 2011 at 11:43 pm #

    This planet has a name…..therefore it must exist?

  20. dueycrim February 19, 2011 at 3:43 am #

    This planet has a name…..therefore it must exist?

  21. Anonymous February 19, 2011 at 5:06 am #

    No.

  22. Guest February 19, 2011 at 6:58 am #

    There are numerous planets we can’t see out there, they are hiding. Once the inhabitants of planets such as Zob, Xop, Ywat have had a Trivium and Quadrivium style education extoling the values of reasoning and sanity; they are given the Lonely Rough Universe Guide. It has popularly been mistaken for the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; a very poor piece of plagiarism on the original known by the Free Interplanetary Fair Trade Association (not to be confused with any conventional fake NGO-Partnership organisations that deal with wealth transfer and insidious acts against humanity and the planet). Of course no legal action has been brought forward due to the opening foreword in the publication, ‘Earth, nice place to visit, but you wouldn’t want to live there.’ Under human being contact; suggestions listed comprise of children, extremely old, mentally ill and of course animals.

    Any further investigation on this matter can only be achieved through quantum communication and hallucinogenic love drugs. Approaching shamans for help is an alternative, but most have been wiped out by your local corrupt state, oligarchy, plutocracy, self-styled insane elite, for obvious reasons.

  23. jonsol69.blogspot.com February 19, 2011 at 10:58 am #

    There are numerous planets we can’t see out there, they are hiding. Once the inhabitants of planets such as Zob, Xop, Ywat have had a Trivium and Quadrivium style education extoling the values of reasoning and sanity; they are given the Lonely Rough Universe Guide. It has popularly been mistaken for the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; a very poor piece of plagiarism on the original known by the Free Interplanetary Fair Trade Association (not to be confused with any conventional fake NGO-Partnership organisations that deal with wealth transfer and insidious acts against humanity and the planet). Of course no legal action has been brought forward due to the opening foreword in the publication, ‘Earth, nice place to visit, but you wouldn’t want to live there.’ Under human being contact; suggestions listed comprise of children, extremely old, mentally ill and of course animals.

    Any further investigation on this matter can only be achieved through quantum communication and hallucinogenic love drugs. Approaching shamans for help is an alternative, but most have been wiped out by your local corrupt state, oligarchy, plutocracy, self-styled insane elite, for obvious reasons.

  24. justagirl February 19, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

    LOL! you’re cute.

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