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Monday, March 27, 2017

 

Help in the Hunt for Planet 9!

Recent research has suggested the weird orbit of the icy worlds Sedna and six others could be explained if there is a Neptune sized object lurking at the very fringes of the solar system. This would be an amazing find. Unlike the discovery of Neptune however, where Neptune was found within one degree of its predicted location, the location of the putative Planet 9 is poorly constrained. Hunting for it involves searching through many, many images looking for tiny dots that move.

Now you can be involved in the hunt! ANU astronomers have set up a citizen science page where you can help in the hunt for Planet 9. It involves watching a lot of tiny dots bounce about, but you could discover a new world!

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