Have you heard the news this week? Scientists believe they’ve found proof of a previously unknown planet in our solar system – replacing the ol’ Pluto as the ninth planet.
— Reuters UK (@ReutersUK) January 21, 2016
From The Independent:
The planet hasn’t yet been seen by scientists. Instead, they have found it by watching the way that dwarf planets and other objects in the outer solar system move — their orbits seem to be disturbed by something huge but hidden sitting out there.
“If there’s going to be another planet in the solar system, I think this is it,” Greg Laughlin of the University of California, Santa Cruz told National Geographic. “It would be quite extraordinary if we had one. Fingers crossed. It would be amazing.”
If the planet exists, it is thought to be about ten times as massive or three times as large as Earth. That sort of sized planet occurs throughout the universe — but has been an obvious omission from our own.
“This would be a real ninth planet,” says Brown, the Richard and Barbara Rosenberg Professor of Planetary Astronomy. “There have only been two true planets discovered since ancient times, and this would be a third. It’s a pretty substantial chunk of our solar system that’s still out there to be found, which is pretty exciting.”
It would be around 200 to 300 times as far away from the sun as we are when it gets closest to the star, scientists say. It will spend some of its time as much as four times as far away as that, and an entire orbit of the sun probably takes about 20,000 years.
To me, it’s kind of surprising that it has taken so long for scientists to discover this ninth planet… When you consider the fact that respected scientist* Dr. Steve Brule spoke on the existence of such a planet at least 4 years ago.
*not actually a scientist… or very well respected
Why wouldn’t you want to name the planet “Doris,” ya dingus?!
For those of you who are not familiar, you’ve likely figured out by now that this man is not a scientist at all. Nope, that’s John C. Reilly, playing the role of Dr. Steve Brule, a character from Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and its spinoff, Check It Out with Dr. Steve Brule.
He’s known for his insightful and informative journalistic pieces, like this one on sushi:
I’ve featured Dr. Steve Brule in my blog before. If you head HERE, you can learn even more about eating seafood! Trust me, it’ll be as much fun as eating shrimp from the dumpster!