Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The solar system appears to have a new ninth planet. Today, two scientists announced evidence that a body nearly the size of Neptune"but as yet unseen"orbits the sun every 15,000 years. During the solar system's infancy 4.5 billion years ago, they say, the giant planet was knocked out of the planet-forming region near the sun. Slowed down by gas, the planet settled into a distant elliptical orbit, where it still lurks today.

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The claim is the strongest yet in the centuries-long search for a "Planet X" beyond Neptune. The quest has been plagued by far-fetched claims and even outright quackery. But the new evidence comes from a pair of respected planetary scientists, Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, who prepared for the inevitable skepticism with detailed analyses of the orbits of other distant objects and months of computer simulations. "If you say, We have evidence for Planet X,' almost any astronomer will say, This again? These guys are clearly crazy.' I would, too," Brown says. "Why is this different? This is different because this time we're right."

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Science during the Trump era wins again.

How many planets did Obama discover? Oh, that's right. zero.

#1 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-08-13 08:49 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

yes... it's the new DR colo. to serve man and goat kind alike.
it's a cookbook.

#2 | Posted by ichiro at 2019-08-13 10:15 PM | Reply

"yes... it's the new DR colo. to serve man and goat kind alike.
it's a cookbook.

#2 | POSTED BY ICHIRO "

Curried goat. Mmmmmm.

#3 | Posted by goatman at 2019-08-13 11:26 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

They discovered Pluto?

#4 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-08-14 12:34 PM | Reply

"Science during the Trump era wins again."

Knocked completely out of whack long ago, slowed down by gas, and with its distant eccentricity and dark, icy core surrounded by chokingly vile, orange methane clouds, the International Astronomical Union will give it the perfect planetary name: Dotard.

Planet Dotard will take approximately 15,000 years make a complete revolution around the sun, and just like the real thing, hopes are that, once glimpsed by telescope for a brief, 4 year period, Dotard will again pass out of sight and mind for many, many generations to come.

#5 | Posted by pumpkinhead at 2019-08-14 03:25 PM | Reply

My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Planets

#6 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-08-14 03:38 PM | Reply

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