Planet 9 - a giant object hidden somewhere on the edge of the Solar System has attracted the attention of scientists for many years. Recently, astronomers said they may have found a way to trace the mysterious planet's 'traces'.
The 9th planet is the name of a giant object , explaining the unusual orbit of a group of objects outside Neptune whose orbits are mainly outside the Kuiper Belt. This planet with a mass of 5 times the Earth is thought to lie somewhere in the area above. We do not know exactly what it is. We don't know exactly where it is and we don't even know how to find it.
The illustration of the 9th planet in the Solar System.(Photo: Wikipedia).
However, a group of researchers now believe they have gathered all the data needed to decode the strange planet 9.
According to a team of authors in this study, including scientists Matthew J Holman, Matthew J Payne and Andras Pa, NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) may have discovered " "ghost planet" and we just haven't had time to study the images in the massive data block it has collected.
TESS hunts for exoplanets using the transit method. Astronomers and supercomputers filter the images that TESS scans in the sky to search for transit - the fading of light from a star caused by a planet passing in front. it. However, a single image cannot capture something as far and faint as Planet 9 should require the intervention of another technology called digital tracking.
The digital tracking method will overlay different images from the same field of view to increase the brightness of distant objects. So far, this technology has uncovered many new meteors but has not been used to hunt for the 9th planet or any mysterious giant objects outside Neptune.
However, because planet 9 is a moving target, some calculations are needed to detect its route as the planet moves through gaps in space. This theory will help scientists superimpose images and increase the brightness of objects.
"To detect new objects with unclear routes, try with all possible orbits , " the team said.
While theoretically possible, in fact, anyone hoping to search for the 9th planet through TESS data will have to try every possible trajectory, meanwhile, even The most modern and efficient computers in the world today to complete this "difficult" task will take a considerable amount of time.