Collective gravity, not Planet Nine, may explain the orbits of ‘detached objects’

Mindy Sparks
June 8, 2018

Dubbed Planet Nine, this mysterious body could actually be a cluster of asteroids and other space rocks that are firing comets into the Solar System.

Dwarf planets like Sedna take more than 11,000 years to orbit the sun along lengthy circular orbits. What does their collective gravity do?

Is there are mysterious planet out there that we can not see, but is 4 times the size of Earth?

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder started by developing computer simulations of the orbits of "detached objects" - distant dwarf planets like Sedna, as well as icy comets, moons and other bodies, that seem to be separated from the rest of the Solar System. Faced with the latter, these heavenly bodies push her away to distant regions of the Solar system.

"The picture we draw of the outer solar system in textbooks may have to change".

According to CU Boulder, the team looked at one of these objects in particular - a dwarf planet called Sedna, which orbits the sun at a distance of almost eight billion miles and is distant enough so as not to be affected by Neptune's gravity, the Inquisitr previously reported - and tried to understand why its orbit looks the way it does. Can the quirks of these distant objects be explained some other way?

According to the abstract of the presentation, the collective term for the large population of icy objects is the Scattered Disk, scattered outward after their creation by the actions of Neptune. This cycle could wind up shooting comets toward the inner solar system-including in the direction of Earth-on a predictable timescale.

But instead, undergraduate astrophysics student Jacob Fleisig helped Dr Madigan envision all the different bodies outside the solar system chaotically crashing into one another. But since Planet Nine has yet to be directly observed, some scientists are naturally questioning its existence. The team compared the movements to the hands of a clock - smaller objects like asteroids move fast like minute hands, while the larger objects like Sedna move relatively slower, like hour hands.

Well, as it turns out, the new theory that axes Planet Nine might also be tied to the dinosaur extinction.

He said: "You see a pileup of the obits of small objects to one side of the sun".

What's intriguing about this new "asteroid swarm" hypothesis is that it may prove that the Chicxulub asteroid (which ended up impacting Earth and wiping out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago) wasn't an accident-it was part of a 30-million-year pattern that may spell doom for humanity.

"These orbits crash into the bigger body, and what happens is those interaction will change its orbit from an oval shape to a more circular shape".

"While we're not able to say that this pattern killed the dinosaurs", Fleisig said, "it's tantalizing".

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