Rumors of ninth planet emerge, but NASA isn't confirming anything yet

The California Institute of Technology may have found a ninth planet, but NASA cautions that it is still too early to jump to conclusions
By Jason Spencer | Jan 30, 2016
Ever since Pluto's 2006 demotion to a dwarf planet the public has been asking questions such as what makes a planet and if there is still a ninth body that can be classified as a planet in the Milky Way galaxy. The latter could be a possibility, but NASA isn't saying anything yet.

Space.com outlines the International Astronomical Union's guidelines for what makes a planet fairly clearly. The body needs to revolve around the sun, be round or nearly round, and have gravity that is strong enough to remove debris and small objects from its orbit. Additionally, it cannot be classified as a moon to another established planet.

According to Eurasia Review the California Institute of Technology may have found something that meets these guidelines. 13 celestial bodies made of ice were found in the Kuiper Belt outside of Pluto. These 13 objects move in a strange way that could suggest they orbit around a planet, one that is ten times larger than Earth.

"I'm really hoping that as we announce this, people will start a worldwide search to go find this Ninth Planet," said Dr. Mike Brown, the lead astronomer of this project who in 2005 led the study to demote Pluto to a dwarf planet.

However, NASA isn't on board with this new endeavor yet.
"The idea of a new planet is certainly an exciting one for me as a planetary scientist, and I think for all of us," said NASA's director of planetary scientist Jim Green in a video on Space.com. "[However], it's too early to say with certainty that there is a so-called 'Planet X' out there."

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