With clues and scientific evidences slowly coming out, NASA is now convinced of the possible existence of Planet 9, or what they originally termed as the exoplanet.
The first discovery of Planet 9 surfaced when two researchers conducted a study at the Gemini Observatory in Hawaii back in 2014.
A report from Space.com disclosed that when the researchers were analyzing the elliptical orbits of Sedna, a dwarf planet, they noticed a new object, which they called as Biden.
In that same study, the researchers discovered that the exoplanet has the same orbital characteristics with Sedna.
That same study was also supported by another research of a group of astronomers at the California Institute of Technology Pasadena.
Using their computer simulation, the gravitational impact of an approximately 10-Earth mass planet could absolutely explain the strange grouping in Sedna's orbits and other distant objects.
With that, they are led into a conclusion that Planet 9 is a product of a cosmic heist.
In January this year, another study has been conducted that could make the hypothesis factual in the coming years.
As revealed in AAS Nova, Caltech researchers Mike Brown and Konstantin Batygin showed an evidence of the planet in the solar system. They have foreseen that this exoplanet features a volume and a mass comparable to what is known as super-Earth. It was also said that it orbits an eccentric path within tens to thousands of years.
This study paved way for the scientists to search for more evidences that could ultimately prove the existence of Planet 9.
As there are scientists who want to debunk on this hypothesis, NASA is getting cautious on the claims. Consequently, they are still gathering more scientific evidences to support this.
Moreover, Planet 9 may only be visible using a powerful telescope which the scientists are still working on. Apart from that, they still need around 10-20 similar smaller objects to help them know the exact location of the planet.
If a major evidence will likely show up in the near future, can we also expect for species occupying Planet 9?