'Super Earth' ninth planet likely to exist - but won't crash into us

"There are now five different lines of observational evidence pointing to the existence of Planet Nine", Konstantin Batygin, a planetary astrophysicist at Caltech, California, said.

The only danger Planet Nine poses is a self-imploding occurrence, but such an incident, if it were to occur, is over seven billion years away, The Sun reported.

It could one day hurtle through our solar system, sending planets "pinballing" into outer space or plunging into the Sun.

Planet Nine's existence could also tell the reason as to why Kuiper Belt objects orbit in the opposite direction as compared to other things in the solar system.

Astronomers have been suggesting for a long time that there is a ninth planet hiding at the edge of our Solar System.

Earlier this month, NASA finally lent some credibility to this idea in a press release explaining how explaining how a ninth planet is now the best explanation for several odd phenomena in the solar system. He stated that if this theory does not sound believable, then people would have to come up with the answers of the five pieces of evidence which could lead to further confusion.

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According to the researchers, Planet Nine would have 10 times the mass of earth and would be 20 times farther from the sun than Neptune.

The researchers believe that the detection of the Ninth Planet is the key to details about its origin.

In 2016, Dr Batygin published a study that examined the orbits of six objects in the Kuiper Belt - a distant region of icy bodies stretching from Neptune outward toward interstellar space. A picture published by Futurism.com shows the supposed orbit of the six most distant Kuiper Belt objects and Planet Nine, demonstrating how the latter explains the former.

However, it's feared Planet Nine will eventually destroy the solar system by causing a devastating "death dance".

The planet nine has the capacity to wobble the entire solar system just like a top on a table said Batygin.

The instrument is the "best tool" for picking out dim, extremely distant objects lost in huge swaths of sky, Batygin said.

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