Yes! Nine planets again. Wait, what?

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Mike Brown, the same Caltech researcher whose discovery of a dwarf planet larger than Pluto helped kill off our former ninth planet. I mean, reclassify it as a plutoid.

Now, he’s back to right the wrong with a paper that strongly suggests the existence of a tenth ninth planet. A ninth planet that at it’s closest to the sun is almost 10 times farther away from the sun than Neptune and takes 19,000 years to complete an orbit. But it has mass! 10x the size of the earth, so it is a planet because science.

The science here is actually pretty neat, check out Scientific American for more detail or go read the paper for yourself.

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Oliver Gauss
Oliver has a degree in physics and mathematics and has completed all but his dissertation for a Ph.D. in Physics. He believes actual science should decide scientific disagreements, and that most people who use "science" to defend their emotion-based opinions have no idea what science actually is. Oliver is the editor of WeWantScience.com and has two new sites coming out soon. Stay tuned!