More Planets in our Solar system? Objects beyond Pluto excite stargazers

Could at least two unknown planets exist in our solar system? Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Could at least two unknown planets exist in our solar system? Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Astroboffins believe at least two hidden planets may exist in our solar system – far beyond Pluto.

If the claim from scientists at the Complutense University of Madrid and the University of Cambridge is confirmed, the “results may be truly revolutionary for astronomy,” said Carlos de la Fuente Marcos, who co-authored the study.

Could at least two unknown planets exist in our solar system? Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Could at least two unknown planets exist in our solar system? Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The uncharacteristic orbital behaviour of 13 objects beyond Neptune has been pored over by scientists, who have now published their calculations.

“This excess of objects with unexpected orbital parameters makes us believe that some invisible forces are altering the distribution of the orbital elements of the ETNO [extreme trans-Neptunian objects] and we consider that the most probable explanation is that other unknown planets exist beyond Neptune and Pluto,” said de la Fuente Marcos.

“The exact number is uncertain, given that the data that we have is limited, but our calculations suggest that there are at least two planets, and probably more, within the confines of our solar system.”

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