In January 2016 Caltech researchers Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown first suggested a massive ninth planet having an orbit more than 500 times farther than Earth’s, being inclined at about 30 degrees to the solar equator. And now, on 18th October 2016, Elizabeth Bailey, a graduate student at Caltech presented at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences held in Pasadena, California, the newest idea of the researching group. They hypothesize that the angular tilt of the supposed ninth planet orbit affects the orbits of all other planets within the Solar System. “It’s such a deep-rooted mystery and so difficult to explain that people just don’t talk about it,” said Mike Brown. Another team of researchers, led by the University of Arizona’s Renu Malhotra, also share the new research suggesting a hypothetical planet. However, both Brown and Malhotra conceded that there are reasons to be skeptical, despite their previous optimism for discovery. “There are observational biases all over the Kuiper Belt,” Brown said. “We always worry about them.”
And there are serious reasons for the fear. If there is a ninth massive planet indeed, it has to have not only an influence on the motions and tilt of the planets and the Sun, but also on the trajectories of all spacecraft crossing our Solar System. A barycenter of our Solar System should be massively shifted away from the Sun, if the postulated ninth planet should really exist. One could even speculate whether and in which dimension such an effect could be responsible for the very frequent misfortune at landing on Mars, as recently happened to ESA’s Mars lander, for example. On the other side, it is a good news for the Unified Physics, that Caltech scientists are “skeptical, despite their previous optimism for discovery”. It means, sooner or later they will have understood that the only reasonable possibility to explain all the anomalies and not to disturb the motions of other planets and spacecraft is to locate the global center of mass of the whole Solar System in Venus and to accept the existence of the cloud of debris of the Andrea star in Kuiper Belt, as suggests my recent article: “Consequences of the Unification in Physics; Part IV. Venus-centered Solar System” (Physics Essays, Volume 29: No. 3, Pages 316-325, 2016; http://dx.doi.org/10.4006/0836-1398-29.3.316; http://physicsessays.org/browse-journal-2/product/1480-8-peter-jakubowski-consequences-of-the-unification-in-physics-iv-venus-centered-solar-system.html).
In order to visualize the position of the cloud of debris of the Andrea star in Kuiper Belt, I have introduced its supposed location into the two pictures from the NASA’s message about the current position of the New Horizons spacecraft and the recent article about the ninth-planet research.
We have to wait for the next message from Caltech and/or NASA scientists announcing their further progress toward the New-Paradigm understanding of our Solar System. I am optimistic, it will happen soon.