Hidden Planet Named ‘Tyche’ Discovered in Our Solar System: Could This be ‘Planet X’?
Almost one year ago, I awoke to the news that there may exist yet another, hidden planet in our own solar system. I immediately began pondering, just how could we have missed such a thing.
For years, conspiracy buffs have warned of a ‘Planet X’ from which dangerous aliens will migrate from in the year 2012 so as to enslave the people of Earth. Could the discovery of what is being called the planet ‘Tyche’ be the mythologized Planet X?
The ancient Sumerians believed there to be ten planets orbiting our star system. Mainstream science would often scoff at such an idea pointing out that there were only nine planets in our solar system. Even though Pluto has recently been downgraded from planet-status, the mere fact that yet another distant orbiting body has been discovered lends much credence to what the Sumerians of old have postulated.
It is also quite possible that Tyche could very well be a ‘twin’ of our own star, the sun. Considering that Tyche is four times the size of Jupiter and is said to be a ‘gas giant’, perhaps the distant ‘planet’ was once ‘lit’ serving as a second sun in our own solar system. Perhaps Tyche has yet to be lit and will ultimately become a new sun in the day sky.
Grant J. Kidney
Huff Post— We may have lost Pluto, but it looks like we might be getting Tyche.
Scientists may soon be able to prove the existence of the gas giant, which could be four times the size of Jupiter, according to astrophysicists John Matese and Daniel Whitmire from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The two first proposed Tyche’s existence in order to explain a change in path of comets entering the solar system, according to The Independent.
From the The Independent:
Tyche will almost certainly be made up mostly of hydrogen and helium and will probably have an atmosphere much like Jupiter’s, with colourful spots and bands and clouds, Professor Whitmire said. “You’d also expect it to have moons. All the outer planets have them,” he added.
For a graphical representation of Tyche, click here.
So how could we have missed such a massive planet in our own solar system?
Well, it’s 15,000 times further from the sun than Earth, according to Gizmodo. Tyche (if it does exist) lies in the Oort cloud, the outer shell of asteroids in our solar system.
Despite what the scientists believe they will find in the data (which will be released in April and was collected by NASA Wise space telescope), there is at least one flaw in their theory. Theoretically, a planet of Tyche’s size should seriously disturb comets in the inner Oort Cloud, but that effect is yet to have been observed, according to The Independent.
But even if it does exist, it still may not be deemed a planet.
If its existence is finally confirmed, its Solar System planet status may not be guaranteed. The reason: Astronomers theorize that Tyche could be a planet born in another star system and captured by ours.
The current name (which may change) is derived from the name of a Greek goddess that “governed the destiny of a city,” according to the Mail.
If we’ve missed a planet in our own solar system for this long, what else are we missing?