An astronomical anomaly, considered by scientists to point to a still undiscovered planet, may in fact be a large black hole lurking deep within our solar system, according to a new theory.
Mathematical proofs of a planet called planet nine or planet X by space scientists were uncovered by Kaltech researchers in 2015. According to them, the strange object may have a mass that is about 10 times that of Earth and to take up to 20,000 Earth years to complete one orbit of the Sun, as it is between 45 billion and 150 billion kilometers from our star.
However, now two physicists are suggesting that the mysterious "planet X" is not a planet at all, but a planet – a massive black hole, sucking matter from its environment. If they are correct, they say they will be able to find supporting evidence in the form of gamma-ray glimpses created by interactions of dark matter particles in a halo surrounding a black hole.
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Researchers claim that focusing research on the assumption that it is a planet that outward seriously impedes the potential for new discoveries.
"Once you start thinking about more exotic objects, like primary black holes, you think different ways," James Unwin, one of the authors of the study and an associate professor of theoretical particle physics at the University of Illinois in Chicago, said before Gizmodo. "We stand for it, instead of looking for it in visible light, maybe looking for it in a gamma ray. Or cosmic rays. "
Physicists are now striving to find decisive evidence to support their theory by seeking data from the Fermi Gamma Space Telescope for signs of these flashes.
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