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Earth-Sized World Could Lurk in Outer Solar System

 
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Earth-Sized World Could Lurk in Outer Solar System
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"Some astronomers say that a planet the size of Mars or Earth could be lurking on the fringes of our solar system. But even the latest space telescopes that launched in 2009 stand little chance of finding such a distant object.

Such a world, if it exists, would probably have an orbit far beyond Pluto or similar dwarf planets in the outer solar system. It would likely resemble a frozen version of Mars or Earth at best, a most unsuitable home for life. And it would not be alone.

"When the solar system's story is finally written, it's much more likely that it will have closer to 900 planets rather than the nine that we grew up with," said Alan Stern, a planetary scientist at the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in Boulder, Colo.

Just a handful of those potential discoveries might reach the size of Earth, compared to a swarm of Pluto-sized bodies that Stern and others expect to find.

Each object – be it termed a planet, dwarf planet or otherwise – would serve as a frozen time capsule that could reveal much about the early evolution of the solar system. It could even force scientists to once again rethink the definition of a planet, following the controversial downgrading of Pluto to a dwarf planet."

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Re: Earth-Sized World Could Lurk in Outer Solar System
whats also interesting is the assumptive calculation on how many planets there are in the universe. If we used an average of 4-20 planets per son based on our assumed 9, but our assumed 9 actually was off by a factor of 100, that would be very amazing.
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Re: Earth-Sized World Could Lurk in Outer Solar System
WHY NOT just admit that your AFRAID to talk about Nibiru, Nemisis, the Winged Globe, and TWENTY MORE names for the brown Dwarf bianairy star that IS a companion to our sun, and know to that many countries in ancient times ?

Maybe you belong to the 'Flat Earth Society' also ?
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Re: Earth-Sized World Could Lurk in Outer Solar System
WHY NOT just admit that your AFRAID to talk about Nibiru, Nemisis, the Winged Globe, and TWENTY MORE names for the brown Dwarf bianairy star that IS a companion to our sun, and know to that many countries in ancient times ?

Maybe you belong to the 'Flat Earth Society' also ?
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Is this directed to me? I just passed along the article.
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Re: Earth-Sized World Could Lurk in Outer Solar System
WHY NOT just admit that your AFRAID to talk about Nibiru, Nemisis, the Winged Globe, and TWENTY MORE names for the brown Dwarf bianairy star that IS a companion to our sun, and know to that many countries in ancient times ?

Maybe you belong to the 'Flat Earth Society' also ?
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No.

Knowing that there are large bodies out beyond Pluto is ordinary astronomy. After all, Pluto itself was once a planet (before being demoted).

But claiming that one of those distant, frozen, bodies is ultra-massive, more stealthier than a B2 Bomber, magically influences earthquakes and magnetic fields from eighty times further away then our own massive, magnetically active, fusion-fired Sun, does loop-the-loop orbits that every now and then allows it to sneak into the inner system, and may play host to a civilization of advanced aliens...

Well, that's not even science fiction. It's too stupid for anything but the Saturday morning cartoons.





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