Astronomers discover largest solar system
The gas giant is said to be one trillion kilometres away, making its orbit 140 times wider than Pluto's path around our Sun.
Yet, on the other hand, astronomers are not even certain if the report that a giant planet might be lurking in our solar system is true. How ironic!
The following has also just come from The Economist:
The Ninth Planet in our Solar System?
“Now, a pair of astronomers from the California Institute of Technology think they have evidence that will restore the sun’s tally to its previous value. Their analysis of objects orbiting in the Kuiper Belt, a ring of frozen asteroids that circle beyond the orbit of Neptune (and of which Pluto is now regarded as the largest member), suggests to them that something about ten times as massive as Earth has distorted those orbits. If you knew where to look, this planet-sized object would be visible through a suitable telescope. And Konstanin Batygin and Michael Brown believe they do know.”
Are astronomers generally a bunch of humbugs?