Is there a ‘Planet X’?


January 11, 2003
Blog Entry, Earth, Energy & Environment, Health, Physics & Mathematics, Space

Forget about X-ray vision and gamma ray defence beams. Planet X isn’t a superhero home world but a hypothetical 10th planet in our solar system. “I think this question tends to be intriguing because of X – the unknown,” says astronomer John Percy. “But right now, we just don’t know if there is another planet lurking on the edges of the solar system.” Percy says there are thousands of small objects orbiting the Sun beyond Neptune and Pluto. Called Kuiper Belt Objects, astronomers do not consider these to be planets because of their relatively small size – the largest, Quaoar, is half the size of Pluto. They are icy and disintegrate if diverted by another cosmic body into an orbit closer to the Sun. If this occurs, he adds, they appear to us as comets.From the University of Toronto:Is there a ‘Planet X’?

Forget about X-ray vision and gamma ray defence beams- Planet X isn’t a superhero home world but a hypothetical 10th planet in our solar system.

“I think this question tends to be intriguing because of X – the unknown,” says astronomer John Percy. “But right now, we just don’t know if there is another planet lurking on the edges of the solar system.”

Percy says there are thousands of small objects orbiting the Sun beyond Neptune and Pluto. Called Kuiper Belt Objects, astronomers do not consider these to be planets because of their relatively small size – the largest, Quaoar, is half the size of Pluto. They are icy and disintegrate if diverted by another cosmic body into an orbit closer to the Sun. If this occurs, he adds, they appear to us as comets.

If Kuiper Belt Objects aren’t planets, then what is? According to Percy, a planet is a large object that orbits the Sun but, unlike the Sun, does not emit any significant energy. “If the orbiting object is small, it is classed as an asteroid (or minor planet) if it is rocky, or as a Kuiper Belt Object or comet nucleus if it is icy.”

There are nine known planets in our solar system. “Most people remember them in order from the sun,” says Percy. He suggests the mnemonic device “My Very Educated Mother Just Showed Us Nine Planets” as a useful way to remember the planets Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.

According to Percy, the two most distant planets in our solar system – Neptune and Pluto – were discovered because scientists noticed differences in the motion of nearby planets. “In the case of Neptune, it was discovered that the motion of Uranus seemed to be influenced by some unseen massive object. Two astronomers independently calculated where Neptune would likely be, and it was found shortly thereafter.”

As for Pluto, astronomers thought they detected similar irregularities in Neptune’s motion, initially believed due to the influence of a ninth planet. Although this hypothesis was eventually found to be incorrect, the search for a ninth planet had begun, resulting in the discovery of Pluto in 1930. Pluto, Percy adds, is so small – even smaller than our Moon – that it would not likely be considered a planet if it were discovered today.

While his academic research revolves around the nature and evolution of stars, Percy is a firm believer in bringing the excitement of science to the public. “Stars and planets and the beginning of our universe are topics that fascinate just about everyone. People love looking up in the sky and seeing light that has been travelling toward us for thousands of years.”

Percy holds a grant from the NSERC PromoScience Program to promote public awareness of science as well as a grant from the Ontario government to promote young peoples’ interest in science. “Now that astronomy is a required part of Ontario’s elementary and secondary school science curriculum, I also do work with the Faculty of Education, the Ministry of Education and teachers and the Science Teachers’ Association of Ontario to encourage and assist teachers.”

Schools are not the only organizations to profit from Percy’s dedication and expertise. He and his students in his Science Education (SCI398Y) course presented a Science Day for the Girl Guides in the Peel Region in March and 140 girls completed their science badge requirements.

He points out that astronomy is a science that doesn’t always require expensive equipment or remote research outposts. As coordinator for the GTA Astronomy Network, he helped arrange a whole series of free public “star parties” in April to see the five naked-eye planets in the evening sky.



Is there a Planet X?

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9 Responses to Is there a ‘Planet X’?

  1. Lee October 26, 2010 at 12:39 pm #

    I am looking for scientists who think it is real, and who think a fly by would cause catastrophic natural disasters on earth. I READ that people say they are out there, but I haven’t found anything to back this up. Only the scientists who are out there saying it hasn’t been found and that the PlanetX/Nibiru connection is a hoax. So, where is the scientific evidence that has been “removed” or is being disclaimed? I have read about it, but don’t see any source material or scientists with credentials agreeing that it is at least a possibility. I am skeptical that it is an alien populated planet/starship (Nibiru), but I heard somewhere that just a planet alone of that size passing by within a certain distance could cause shifts of earth’s magnetic poles, causing extreme changes in weather patterns, for example what occurred in the last ice age.

    Now, this is all hypothetically assuming this is true, in reply to your question, YES, people would want to live in a post planet X world. If not, they are free to join a cult and kill themselves thinking they will be warped to the Nibiru mothership. I think civilizations will be wiped out, and populations will be decimated, and disasters will occur of apocalyptic proportions.

    The remnant that remains will have to be be able to survive much like earlier man did. There may be no infrastructures and governments right away. Will our electronics still be viable? Where would our high and mighty civilizations and machines be then (If electric currents between the planets take out all of our communications and possibly more)? Will we even care?

    It will probably be “survival of the fittest” and interestingly I heard a Hopi Indian telling of a prophecy they have of the coming age. He said that basically only the indigenous peoples of the world will be able to survive, b/c their way of life and living off the land hasn’t changed in several thousand years. I think indigenous peoples and other people who are really resourceful,( like farmers, whose way of life hasn’t been drastically modernized), and/or those who don’t mind killing other people to get what they need by stealing would survive.

    A disaster like this could basically de-evolve us as humans. So, it’s interesting to think about, and quite daunting, but yes, I do think that human instinct to survive will still kick in. It’s a series of massive natural disasters, not a nuclear holocaust, which causes radiation and decimates the environment, etc.

    However, there could still be environmental changes that cause problems, e.g. another ice age makes it difficult to plant and grow food, so hunting and foraging becomes important again. The worst case global warming scenario on the other hand, if this planet were to be the cause of the recent never before seen levels of solar activity, and it causes the sun’s radiation to increase, that could decimate earth’s ozone layer and scorch all earth, making it inhabitable, so there would be no survivors. There would be worse radiation than a nuclear holocaust, and I I’ve never heard of a way to heal the ozone layer in such a case. That one seems to doom the earth and living creatures on it.

  2. Chuy October 19, 2010 at 12:43 pm #

    Either way we really dont kno n as tha old monacre states….only time will tell!! People, stop trippin n live life 2 tha fullest!! Eat sleep work study n party….if the time comes then it comes…..

  3. Boobs October 11, 2010 at 6:21 am #

    If governments are are trying to hide the truth then there will be no ‘official’ proof published.

    They will want to avoid worlwide panic as long as they can, simply because it will make things easier for them to complete their survival operations for the elite. You will only know the truth in May/June 2011 when you look up in the sky and see it. But even then, people will not want to believe that anything will happen until it actually does.

    If this ‘event’ is going to happen then you are more likely to be killed by your fellow man after the panic sets in than you are by any tsunamis or earthquakes. If you do survive the polar shift, again other surviving humans will be your greatest threat, together with starvation and dehydration.

  4. Fred October 9, 2010 at 2:18 pm #

    - ECOLOGICAL EVIDENCE from Previous PLANET X Passages… PLANET X – CLASSIFIED INFORMATION… National Geographic (November 19, 2008): “MYSTERIOUS ASTROPHYSICAL OBJECT that’s bombarding Earth with cosmic rays”… Discovery (Aug 25, 2010): IS THE SUN EMITTING A MYSTERY PARTICLE?… LiveScience (29 July 2010): Antarctica Experiment Discovers Puzzling Space Ray Pattern:
    http://cristiannegureanu.blogspot.com/2010/09/odds-of-life-on-newfound-earth-size.html

  5. Knowitall October 9, 2010 at 11:44 am #

    The planet x, and it’s moons are real. They exsist and were discovered in the early 80s. The orbit of this system is now in it’s return path, from outside our inner solar system. after being visable in 2003,2004 behind our sun. Although many goverments have started an underground selection process, many will have skeptism including officials of goverment. It’s not exactly sure what amount of damage this binary cousin will have to earths magnatism when it comes closer than normal on this pass. PlanetX/dwarf star and its moons will become visable to human eyes June 2011.

  6. Anonymous May 12, 2009 at 7:05 am #

    It seems to me that this should be studied, verified, or disproven through the prevue of science. There is sooooo much bull shit out there about this subject that it pisses me off. We need proof? Not from holy books or some cult religion, but proof. Can anyone out there offer a sound rational explanation for Planet X? Is it coming? If it’s real, then I can understand why governments do not want to spread panic, but on the other hand all one has to do is remember the bomb shelters of the sixties. I seem to remember that many in those days said the world was ending. Now we have people building shelters, storing food and supplies to survive the impending doom and disaster. Would anyone want to live in a post planet X world??

    Rational comments are welcome.

  7. Anonymous April 18, 2009 at 8:36 am #

    Planet x has always showed. It is part of celestial mechanics. We as souls should prepare accordingly. Panic is useless. Moving to s apecific place will not help. The evil is wihtin us. It does not matter where we go or what we do, except remove the evil from us. Then it does not matter what comes or where we are. I found a free book in http://www.hercolubus.tv that teaches how to prepare yourself for what is coming.

  8. Anonymous February 8, 2008 at 12:50 am #

    http://alkahtane.com/enghome.htm

    there are proofs its coming in the 3 heavenly religons’ holy books.

    denying Planet X may be a governmental plan to avoid the chaos that will strike the planet and the people, as only 10% may surive the ‘fly by’.

  9. curt hall January 11, 2008 at 2:54 pm #

    im not knowing what the hell end is bloody well up anymore this doomsday planet,it has my 16 year old terrified,and if its not that crap its this new world order stuff,that the us econamy is going into failure,from borrowing from the central banks to the tune of trillions,until everybody gets to where we will arrive under a world government,and become micro chipped and become globally inslaved,no where to run no where to hide,this illumnatti thing,or free masons,secret orders,there running it all,the big show,and were not invited,so can sombody shed some bloody peace on this or does this shit have any merrit,cause i really need 2 know.

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