It is now possible for anyone to hunt for the mysterious ninth planet of the solar system that the scientists are even struggling with. NASA is trying to get as much help as possible to get to know more about the planet and has even set up a special website in this regard.
NASA, along with the University of California, Berkeley has launched the website to let anyone search for cosmic objects that are located beyond the orbit of Neptune. The website contains a lot of images of the outer solar system that were captured years ago, by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission.
NASA says that there are too many images for them to search through by themselves and that’s the reason the space agency has released the images for the public. It believes that public can help them narrow down their search for the ninth planet of the solar system.
It was early last year when the discovery of the elusive planet caused a buzz among the scientists. An indirect evidence of its existence was found by the astronomers Mike Brown and Konstantin Batygin from California Institute of Technology. Before this incident, the scientists did consider the existence of a planet beyond Neptune but had no proof.
The calculations of the two astronomers say that the Planet Nine could be as big as Neptune and almost 10 times bigger than the earth. Its distance from the Sun could be a thousand times farther away. Hence, it orbits around the Sun every 15,000 years making it faint enough to be discovered.
Another theory by the New Mexico State University says the planet to be a rogue planet as it isn’t bound to any host star. The study conducted by the university in January this year suggests that the plant could have been snatched by the gravitational pull of the Sun.
You can access the website here.