The dwarf planet Ceres, which hangs out in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, seems to be undergoing a few changes. According to Astronomy Magazine, the bright spots on Ceres seem to brighten and darken. Astronomers believe that under the planet's surface exists an ocean, and the large surface spots are frozen patches of that ocean that seem to have come to the surface.
Another planet in our solar system that has water, which means that there is another planet in our solar system that might harbor some life. It's a mysterious and wonderful place, our solar system.
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As it turns out, humans have been tracking planets like Jupiter much longer than originally thought- about five centuries longer, if not more. Does this mean that ancient alien theorists have been right all along? Have the Ancient Babylonians been receiving special help from their "Sky Gods" to decode the movements of our solar system? No. No, they have not. Don't be silly. Humans did this...we sorted this out on our own, and we should be proud.
It looks like our solar system may have just become a little bigger. In an article published in the Astronomical Journal, astronomers Mike Brown and Konstantin Batygin, may have proven that there is a large planet hiding at the outer edge of our system and its actually pretty big- much larger than Earth.
Using the orbits of six icy bodies in the Kuiper Belt, Brown found that they all move differently, but all face the same direction. They are all tilted about 30 degrees in the same direction- and, according to Brown, that means something is governing their orbits. Enter a new planet lovingly named Planet 9, at least until someone comes up with something better.
I look forward to the first "articles" that come out suggesting its an alien megastructure. For now however, I'd like to be the first to welcome this new theoretical planet into our family. Welcome to our solar system Planet 9- long may you wander around our Sun.
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