Won Over By Reality
By Tim Bayer
BRIGHTON New York—(Weekly Hubris)—1/25/2016—Maybe you’ve heard: there’s a new planet in our solar system. But wait: a new planet in our solar system hasn’t really been been discovered, yet. What has happened is that a new planet has been . . . predicted. More precisely, observations of the orbits of the objects in the outer solar system provide evidence of a giant planet out there, a ninth planet, circling our sun.
What I have for you this week is a short video that brilliantly condenses what is known and why some scientists studying the data believe that there may indeed be a 9th planet. This would be a planet that is so far beyond Neptune that it would take 20,000 years for it to complete one orbit of the our sun. However, there must be visual confirmation before you can update your astronomical charts with a ninth planet.
If you would like some humor before your science lesson, here’s a link to my previous post, “James Veitch’s Solid Gold Giant Gummy Lizard.”
(If you, yourselves, come across an entertaining link or video, I’d be interested in seeing it, and sharing it with my readers at Weekly Hubris. Please contact me at: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.)