10th Planet Predicted !

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10th Planet Predicted !

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Yup, after Pluto, a 10th planet has been predicted ! :)
(or for those who are aligned to a minority, the "9th" planet) :mrgreen:

http://www.space.com/31671-planet-nine- ... aphic.html
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Re: 10th Planet Found!

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You meant the new Planet has been "predicted" by mathematical modelling; it has not been "found" as observed or precisely positioned yet.
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Ok..ok..From one Richard to another, you are right. I have amended the post to reflect this. But I am still excited by the prospect. Such observations and inference are seldom wrong. Usually its the orbit of size of the planet which would be more difficult to predict because the mass is determined by not just the size but the composition as well. I am pretty sure the modelling historical position of the bodies affected will lead to a general area for a search of that planet. :)
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Now all it takes is for another hardworking Clyde Tombaugh to get lucky.
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Re: 10th Planet Predicted !

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Those who want to contribute to science could participate in that search...if you find the new planet, you become a discoverer and your name is immortalised like Clyde Tombaugh :)
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Re: 10th Planet Predicted !

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Hi Richard,

It is time to put your 22 inch DOB to full use... [smilie=ahaaah.gif] [smilie=ahaaah.gif] [smilie=ahaaah.gif]

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You can watch this clip to learn more. :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dii5VzG-JKc
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My 22-inch dob is not really suitable for planet hunting. Its only hand driven and non- goto. Scope that is more appropriate, for eg. 12-inch SCT on computerized mount in an observatory. One has to capture images in multiple sections of the sky over many nights over weeks and months to detect proper motion of a new planet :)
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Clyde actually flip 2 images alternatively to look for differences. It takes alot eye power and endurance because he did this every night for years to find Pluto! Thank goodness these days image comparison can be automated. :)
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