Just a few days ago, Jan. 20, 2016, officials at NASA backtracked on their position that Planet X didn’t exist following an announcement by faculty at the California Insitute of Technology that they had found compelling evidence of another planetary body within our solar system.
If it has yet to be seen, then what the hell am I shooting footage of?!
California Institute of Technology astronomers Konstantin Batygin, a theoretician, and Mike Brown, discover of multiple dwarf planets in the outer solar system and a vocal proponent of Pluto’s demotion from planet-hood, conclude the as-yet-unseen world, which they call “Planet Nine,” would take between 10,000 and 20,000 years to complete one trip around the sun.
“It’s big enough, and probably reflective enough, that it should be relatively bright,” Brown told CBS News in a telephone interview. “We know the orbit, but we don’t know where in the orbit it is.”
Given the immensity of the presumed orbit, it will take astronomers time to track it down.
But Brown has no doubt they will eventually find it.
“Even at its most distant from the sun, it’s bright enough that it could be seen by at least the biggest telescopes in the world,” he said. “So it’s not hopeless, this is not something we just have to hypothesize about and you never go out and see it. I think that it will be found within five years now that we know the path in the sky to be searching.”