Scientists have observed something mysterious at the edge of our solar system, some unknown object is manipulating the paths of chunks of ice as they circle the sun…
These ice’s oval shaped orbits all point in the same direction and tilt the same way, which means that an unseen force is herding them.
At first, scientists thought the culprit was a mysterious planet, which they’ve named Planet Nine (though some call it Planet X, and there were many doomsday predictions surrounding it). But a new suggests the gravitational pull could come from a primordial black hole… a type of small black hole that may have formed not long after the Big Bang.
In that study, the scientists calculated that Planet Nine’s gravitational pull means it could have up to 10 times the mass of Earth. The body orbits the sun at a distance 20 times farther than Neptune, which is about 18.6 billion miles. It could take between 10,000 and 20,000 years for it to orbit the around the sun.
Planet Nine may have gotten too close to Jupiter or Saturn, they suggested, and was flung out to the edges of the solar system, where it now follows an eccentric orbit and influences the Kuiper Belt objects.
But, instead of Planet Nine being a… Planet, it could also just as easily be a Black Hole.
“For the new study, researchers looked at data on the six Kuiper Belt objects’ bizarre orbits and also incorporated recent observations about how light travelling through the solar system appears to be bending because of an object (or objects) that scientist haven’t accounted for.
Both of these strange phenomena are likely caused by the interference of unknown objects, each with similar mass. So a primordial black hole could be to blame for both, the study suggested. It could be one black hole the size of a bowling ball with the mass of 10 Earths, or a number of smaller primordial black holes that add up to that mass.”
Planet Nine could be any kind of low visibility object with the right mass.
“Planet Nine could be a five-Earth-mass hamburger,” one of the researchers said. “But a black hole the size of your wallet is a bit harder to find.”
The search for the mystery object should include a search for moving sources of x-rays, gamma rays, and other types of radiation, since those clues could indicate the edges of a black hole.
If scientists detect such signals, it cud confirm if Planet Nine has been a black hole all along.
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