Ever since Neptune was discovered in 1846, astronomers have wondered about the possibility of the existence of another far more distant planet in our solar system. The similarity in the orbits of the outer planets have even led some scientists to theorize about the existence of a “Planet X,” a phantom planet, according to mnn.com.
Now a new analysis of the orbits of our solar system’s “extreme trans-Neptunian objects”, bodies which have been found to exist in the outskirts of our solar system, have been revitalized the Planet X theory. Scientists suspect there may actually be two more undiscovered planets in our solar system, planets larger than Earth but more distant than Pluto, reported NBC news.
“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,” Carlos de la Fuente Marcos, of the Complutense University of Madrid reported to Mnn.com.
The distance between the proposed new planets and the Sun would be 200 AU, a unit of measure equal to 149.6 million kilometers, or more. Which is four times the distance that Pluto is from the Sun at its furthest orbit. Therefore it is unlikely that we’ll be finding Planet X or Y anytime soon added mothernaturenetwork.com