A jealous Planet Nine may have pushed its siblings for devotion. If a massive ninth planet is present in our solar system, it might describe why the planets are impertinent with the sun. The eight major planets still revolve around the sun in the original course of their birth. The sun revolves around its own axis, but remarkably, that spin has bend: the axis lies at an angle of 6 degrees related to a line perpendicular to the course of the planets.
There are hardly few theories to explain this jaunty incline, counting the temporary tug of a passing star aeons in the past, or contacts between the magnetic fields of the sun and the primordial sandy disc that shaped the solar system. But it is hard to explain why the sun’s spin is paved the way it is relative to the other planets. Two groups of astronomers have just declared a new justification: a theoretical huge planet in the outer solar system could be interfering with all the other planets’ courses. Previously this year, Konstantin Batygin and Michael Brown at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena debated that this Planet Nine could be guilty of some of the erratic activities of icy planets in the outer solar system. With that planet plugged into our simulations, the collisions of the heavens have started to make more logic.
Says Elizabeth Bailey, at Caltech,"now the idea can be stretched to the orbit of all the planets", who also did the work together with Brown and Batygin.
Bailey says, "Because we think Planet Nine has a major inclination, if it exists, then that means it would incline things”, and by the just right amount. “It’s one puzzle part that seems to fit together, and it indeed seems to be in support of the Planet Nine assumption."
The planet nine would have between 5 and 20 times Earth’s mass and be in a wildly odd orbit, reaching 250 times the distance between the sun and the Earth at its furthermost point. This lengthened trajectory has directed some to put forward that it was once an exo-planet and was captured by the sun. If that occurred early enough, then its gravitational effect since the solar system was born would be sufficient to pull the planets’ orbital course out of position with the sun, Bailey says, Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune would move as one, so Planet Nine would not be able to change them alone like pin-balls. Instead, the whole solar system would tilt as a whole.
Alessandro Morbidelli said, at Côte d’Azur Observatory, "Planet Nine’s inclined, not its mass, is key, in Nice, France, who has self-sufficiently come to a similar result. If it were a question of mass, Jupiter would be the main suspect. What is important is that the disturbing planet is off-plane. Jupiter cannot cause its own angle", he says.
The sun’s tilt does not verify that Planet Nine exists, however. That would involve seeing it with a telescope.