A New Planet in the Neighborhood? (Earth Current)

A painting depicts five life cycles of the solar system. Artwork by Davis Meltzer.

Our solar system may be back up to nine planets if a gas giant named Tyche, rumored to be hanging out in the Oort Cloud turns out to be more than a theory. Two astronomers from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette believe this planet is out there and that it is larger than Jupiter–and they are hoping that data from NASA’s WISE telescope, to be released starting this April, will confirm its existence.

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About Cathy Hunter

I have worked as an archivist at National Geographic for over 20 years and particularly love learning more about our old expeditions.
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