Published: Thu, October 04, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

'Goblin' planet with 40000-year-long solar orbit discovered in solar system

'Goblin' planet with 40000-year-long solar orbit discovered in solar system

The good news? There's a brand new dwarf planet where we can launch the ultimate do-over! Follow-up observations revealed the closest distance it gets to the Sun is about 65 AU - nearly twice as much distant as Pluto is from the Sun.

A round frozen world just 186 miles (300 kilometers) across, the Goblin was spotted by astronomers using the 8-meter Subaru telescope in 2015 around Halloween, thus its spooky name.

Instead, another theoretically massive planet located near The Goblin would be Planet Nine, orbiting through the region known as the Oort Cloud.

Scientists have discovered a dwarf planet in the outermost reaches of the solar system.

But the really awesome thing about the Goblin dwarf is its extremely long orbit.

The two other newly discovered dwarf planets are 90377 Sedna, found in 2003, which is about 620 miles across, and 2012 VP113, discovered in 2012, which is about 310 miles.

For context, Pluto is about 34 AU. It is one of the few known objects to steer clear of giant planets like Neptune and Jupiter, avoiding significant gravitational interactions with them.

"These distant objects are like breadcrumbs leading us to Planet X", Sheppard said, emphasizing their importance in expanding and redefining our knowledge of the Solar System's evolution.

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The discovery of a tiny planet dubbed "The Goblin" on the fringes of the solar system could indicate the presence of the fabled Planet Nine.

"These objects are on elongated orbits, and we can only detect them when they are closest to the Sun".

The discovery was made by Carnegie Institution for Sciences' Scott Sheppard, Northern Arizona University's Chad Trujillo and the University of Hawaiʻi Institute for Astronomy's David Tholen. There are probably many more of these objects out there, but they're hard to detect due to their distance.

"We think there could be thousands of small bodies like 2015 TG387 out on the Solar System's fringes, but their distance makes finding them very hard", said David Tholen from University of Hawaii. For reference, the Earth is 1 AU from the Sun, and even Pluto only ever gets as far away as 49 AU. "For some 99 percent of its 40,000-year orbit, it would be too faint to see".

"What makes this result really interesting is that Planet X seems to affect 2015 TG387 the same way as all the other extremely distant Solar System objects". It is this planet's orbit around the Sun that suggests that there has to a be a planet X out there.

Astronomers looking for the mysterious ninth planet, or planet X, have found a dwarf planet.

"We are only just now uncovering what the very outer solar system might look like and what might be out there", said Scott Sheppard of the research team.

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