Scientists Discover A Mysterious Object In Strange Obrit Beyond Neptune

Posted: Aug 12 2016, 9:40pm CDT | by , Updated: Aug 12 2016, 9:42pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News


Scientists Discover a Mysterious Object in Strange Obrit Beyond Neptune
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The newly discovered object is orbiting sun in wrong direction

Scientists have just discovered a mysterious object lying in the outskirts of our solar system. And it’s behaving quite strangely. 

The object is orbiting Sun with a very odd 110 degrees tilt and is moving in the opposite direction of almost everything in the solar system.  

The mysterious object has been nicknamed “Niku” and rightly so. Niku is a Chinese term for rebellious and like a rebel the newfound object is also not following any astronomical rules while scientists are unable to explain its reckless behavior. 

Niku is basically a TNO or trans-Neptune Object – something lurking beyond Neptune.  The object is 160,000 times fainter than Neptune, suggesting it should be no more than 124 miles in diameter. 

Niku was detected by a powerful system of telescopes and cameras mounted near Hawaii which is designed to spot near-Earth objects and scientists suspect there could be many more. They are not sure what exactly is causing the plane to move in a strange orbit. Some suggest Niku might have been bumped by another object which had likely pushed the planet to an unusual orbital path.

“It suggests that there’s more going on in the outer solar system than we’re fully aware of.” Matthew Holman from Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics told New Scientist

Scientists also thought if the gravitational pull of hypothetical Planet Nine might have tugged Niku into a strange orbit but ruled out the possibility since the object is located at a region where it should be beyond the influence of this so-called Planet Nine.

So exactly what is forcing this mysterious object to behave oddly is still a mystery. There must be some other reason for this which is not understood by scientists as of right now.

“Angular momentum forces everything to have that one spin direction all the same way. It’s the same thing with a spinning top, every particle is spinning the same direction.”  Konstantin Batygin at the California Institute of Technology said.

Niku has already risen above the plane of the solar system and is traveling a little further upward every day. The plane is a disk in which all the other planets move around the sun. Why Niku is violating traditional rules of orbit, scientists will hopefully crack the mystery in near future.


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