The Goblin Planet: The Key to Planet 9
On June 30, 2016, astronomers announced that they had discovered a new planet beyond Pluto. The announcement came after years of searching for this elusive world, which would have been impossible without NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft.
The new planet is currently being called ‘The Goblin’ for its mysterious nature and lack of an official name yet.
But does it have anything to do with the formation of planets? Can this discovery lead to the mysterious ‘Planet Nine’? Our solar system’s furthest reaches are dark and frigid, making exploration challenging from Earth.
However, diligent studies are revealing more and more evidence for a large planet that we have yet to see. The Goblin, an incredibly remote dwarf planet, has been identified in studies that are redefining the solar system’s furthest limits. Astronomers discovered the finding while looking for Planet Nine, a hypothetical huge planet thought to be orbiting far beyond Pluto in a mysterious area known as the Oort Cloud.
Planet Nine has yet to be directly observed, but The Goblin looks to be under the gravitational pull of a massive unseen object, giving astronomers even more reason to believe in the existence of planet 9. We’ve been searching for evidence of Planet Nine since the first possibility of its existence came to light back in 1984—but we haven’t found any yet. What if there are other planets like this one out there? What if they have their own moons or rings? What if they have atmospheres like our own Earth does? How might this planet be affecting life on Earth?
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