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Last week, the Australian National University invited volunteers to help astronomers track down the fabled Ninth Planet, first hypothesized in 2014, and have so far identified four possible candidates for Planet Nine.
Axar.az reports that astronomers might well have found a new planet tucked away in a dark corner of our solar system. Last week, the Australian National University invited volunteers to help astronomers track down the fabled Ninth Planet, first hypothesized in 2014.
Within days, tens of thousands of people from around the world were given access to images taken by the SkyMapper telescope at the Siding Spring Observatory.
They examined and analyzed over four million space objects, and four possible candidates for Planet Nine emerged.
The four objects found by the volunteers are still being studied, and little is known about them right now.
The team of astronomers will now have to confirm whether any of the objects are in fact Planet Nine.
Radio Sputnik talked to Dr. Brad Tucker, Research Fellow at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Mt. Stromlo Observatory at the Australian National University, who explained the significance of this research.
"We have four unknown objects. What I mean is that there are objects that move, so they are not a star, not a galaxy. They could be an asteroid, a comet, a dwarf planet, they could be Planet Nine," he told Sputnik.
2017.04.11 / 09:38