Pluto, Planet Nine and Other Backyard Worlds

Last year, two astronomers from Caltech shocked the science community when they announced that they had ironclad evidence pointing to a planet orbit at the farthest edge of our Solar System. They dubbed the mysterious lurker Planet 9, or Planet X, claiming the object was roughly 10 to 12 times the mass of Earth and orbiting so far out that it takes up to 20,000 Earth years for the planet to complete one loop around the Sun. We havenít exactly seen this planet yet The only problem with the astronomersí discovery? We havenít exactly seen this planet yet. The two astronomers ó Mike Brown and Konstantin Batygin ó inferred the planetís existence based on the strange movements of six small objects in the Kuiper Belt. Thatís the large cloud of... Continue reading…

Pluto, Planet Nine and Other Backyard Worlds

Wed 15 Feb 17 from Discover Magazine

NASA-funded website lets public search for new nearby worlds

NASA is inviting the public to help search for possible undiscovered worlds in the outer reaches of our solar system and in neighboring interstellar space. A new website, called Backyard Worlds: ...

Wed 15 Feb 17 from Phys.org

NASA-funded Website Lets Public Search for New Nearby Worlds, Sat 18 Feb 17 from Astrobiology Magazine

NASA wants you ó to find a missing planet

NASA wants "citizen scientists" to search for the mysterious and as-yet undiscovered Planet 9.        

Thu 16 Feb 17 from USA today

Planet Nine Just Got An Unexpected New Team of Hunters

Since Pluto was infamously demoted to a dwarf planet in 2006, some astronomers have turned their attention to finding the true Planet 9, a hypothetical, Neptune-sized world that orbits the Sun ...

Thu 16 Feb 17 from Gizmodo

Searching for the mysterious Planet 9

Last year, two astronomers from Caltech shocked the science community when they announced that they had ironclad evidence pointing to a planet orbit at the farthest edge of our Solar ...

Thu 16 Feb 17 from The Verge

Join NASA's hunt for undiscovered planets - CNET

A new NASA-funded website is calling on the public to hunt down rogue worlds, and the mysterious Planet Nine.

Thu 16 Feb 17 from CNET

NASA is crowdsourcing the search for exoplanets

To those of you who dream of going to space: Sorry, but that may never happen. However, NASA is once again counting on the public for help understanding what's beyond our world. ...

Wed 15 Feb 17 from Engadget

NASA launches website for 'armchair astronomers'

The site, called Backyard Worlds: Planet 9, contains footage from the WISE mission, which produced the most comprehensive survey of the entire sky at mid-infrared wavelengths to date. ...

Wed 15 Feb 17 from Daily Mail

Think You Can Find Planet 9? Check Out This Citizen-Science Project

Think you can find Planet 9? A new citizen-science project lets participants search for hidden objects beyond the orbit of Neptune, where a possible ninth planet may lie.

Wed 15 Feb 17 from SPACE.com

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