A new scientific analysis is threatening to shake up the previous understanding of the makeup of our solar system. Scientists say that there could be at least two more planet members of our solar system, an assertion that goes beyond the long-held belief that no planet exists beyond Pluto.
According to a study by scientists at the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain and University of Cambridge, England, there are possibilities that two or more planets exist far beyond the outermost planet Pluto. They said that the existence of the two or more unknown planets is explained by the unusual distribution and behavior of objects observed beyond Neptune, the second outermost planet in our solar system.
The scientists conceded that the picture they have currently from their calculations is still very sketchy because they had access to a limited amount of data. However, they expect to understand more about the existence of extra planets in the solar system in the future analysis when they have more data.
The latest findings regarding the existence of more than nine planets in our solar system were based on the analysis of just 13 objects. A bigger sample is expected to give more accurate results. Nonetheless, the findings go against the popular understanding that there were no planet objects in our solar system beyond Pluto.
Scientists have been trying more many decades to understand the makeup of the solar system. Just last year American scientists talked about discoveries of a dwarf planet that belonged to our solar system. However, the dwarf planet is distantly placed at about 50,000 astronomical units from our Sun. The earth is one astronomical unit from the Sun.
Still, just this week a new study sought to explain that the space rocks known as meteorites that sometimes crash to the earth are actually byproducts of our solar system rather than its building blocks. The new study on meteorites also seemed to shake up the foundation of early scientific findings of the formation of the solar system.