Possible NEW planet 4x size of Jupiter

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    Feb 14, 2011 10:23 PM GMT
    Out with Pluto, in with Tyche. If Tyche's real, what else is out there?icon_eek.gif
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/up-telescope-search-begins-for-giant-new-planet-2213119.html
    If you grew up thinking there were nine planets and were shocked when Pluto was demoted five years ago, get ready for another surprise. There may be nine after all, and Jupiter may not be the largest.

    The hunt is on for a gas giant up to four times the mass of Jupiter thought to be lurking in the outer Oort Cloud, the most remote region of the solar system. The orbit of Tyche (pronounced ty-kee), would be 15,000 times farther from the Sun than the Earth's, and 375 times farther than Pluto's, which is why it hasn't been seen so far.
  • tongun18

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    Feb 14, 2011 11:15 PM GMT
    I was gonna say it would seem like the concentration of mass that far away from the sun would be too low to form a planet so massive but then I saw the article say the main theory is that the planet formed around another star and was then captured by our sun! icon_eek.gif That seems even less likely.
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    Feb 15, 2011 12:51 AM GMT
    Well i cant hunt for it my telescope is not powerful enough
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    Feb 15, 2011 1:41 AM GMT
    OMG IT'S NIBIRU!!! icon_eek.gif
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    Feb 15, 2011 1:44 AM GMT
    I think it's a fleet of V or Dalek ships. icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 15, 2011 1:44 AM GMT
    I would find that a little hard to believe... and if there is one, it wouldn't be "with Pluto", we'd have already found it.

    Pluto has a diameter of 1,500 miles... Jupiter is 88,000 miles... 4 times the size would make it 352,000 miles in diameter..... we, um, would have already found it if it "were with Pluto".... LOL

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    Feb 15, 2011 1:46 AM GMT
    Out with Pluto (as a planet).
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    Feb 15, 2011 1:47 AM GMT
    q1w2e3 saidOut with Pluto (as a planet).

    Uh, we kind of already did that.
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    Feb 15, 2011 1:57 AM GMT
    after reading this thread, I spent an hour and 30 minutes looking at conspiracy theories, mayan calendars and all the catastrophic prophetic shenanigans the internet had to offer...

    I want my 1hr and 30 minutes back icon_sad.gif
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    Feb 15, 2011 2:02 AM GMT
    You can't have too much science fiction under your belt. It's the only way you'll survive Cloverfield.icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 15, 2011 2:26 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidOMG IT'S NIBIRU!!! icon_eek.gif
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    Lol, I totallty forgot about this one icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 15, 2011 2:27 AM GMT
    There could be so many more bodies orbiting the sun we dont know really eh,,,

    but why "Tyche"??
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    Feb 15, 2011 2:34 AM GMT
    wikipediaIn ancient Greek city cults, Tyche (Τύχη, meaning "luck" in Greek, Roman equivalent: Fortuna) was the presiding tutelary deity that governed the fortune and prosperity of a city, its destiny.


    I think the idea is to continue on the Greek theme naming planets beyond Jupiter and Saturn. Fortuna doesn't sound like a good planet name. icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 15, 2011 2:37 AM GMT
    I read about this awhile ago. Another theory is that it's actually a brown dwarf star (they're pretty much theoretical as they can't really be seen), and that our solar system may actually be a binary star system. Crazy. But there's something massive out there in the Oort cloud. Yes I'm an astrophysics nerd!
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    Feb 15, 2011 2:42 AM GMT
    This is a stunning find and it blew me away!! To think there's another planet in our solar system. Wow!!!!!

    (And I still regard Pluto as the ninth planet, no matter what the IAU says.)
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    Feb 15, 2011 2:44 AM GMT
    That would be such a great finding for all those creationists. The Bible didn't mention a second star in Genesis? Must be where hell is located. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Feb 15, 2011 2:46 AM GMT
    q1w2e3 saidThat would be such a great finding for all those creationists. The Bible didn't mention a second star in Genesis? Must be where hell is located. icon_rolleyes.gif


    Haha. I don't understand how people can be religious with all the scientific knowledge we have. It's really ridiculous.
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    Feb 15, 2011 2:50 AM GMT
    kubrickfan saidI read about this awhile ago. Another theory is that it's actually a brown dwarf star (they're pretty much theoretical as they can't really be seen), and that our solar system may actually be a binary star system. Crazy. But there's something massive out there in the Oort cloud. Yes I'm an astrophysics nerd!


    Thats why they named it Tyche. Tyche was the good twin sister of Nemesis, which was the name tentatively applied to the supposed second star. The second star was named Nemesis because, initially, it was believed to be the cause of most of Earth's mass extinctions.
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    Feb 15, 2011 2:51 AM GMT
    Sweet, but what's the acronym going to be for learning these nine planets?

    My very educated mother just showed us nine things?
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    Feb 15, 2011 2:54 AM GMT
    tongun18 said
    kubrickfan saidI read about this awhile ago. Another theory is that it's actually a brown dwarf star (they're pretty much theoretical as they can't really be seen), and that our solar system may actually be a binary star system. Crazy. But there's something massive out there in the Oort cloud. Yes I'm an astrophysics nerd!


    Thats why they named it Tyche. Tyche was the good twin sister of Nemesis, which was the name tentatively applied to the supposed second star. The second star was named Nemesis because, initially, it was believed to be the cause of most of Earth's mass extinctions.


    I thought it was all Obama's fault. icon_lol.gif
    No, Bush.
    No, come to think of it, it's all Clinton's fault.
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    Feb 15, 2011 3:04 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidOMG IT'S NIBIRU!!! icon_eek.gif
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    i lolled
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    Feb 15, 2011 4:48 AM GMT
    I find the solar system to be amazing! I know little about it, but find it fascinating that we have discovered so much and are continuously discovering more (regardless of whether or not we can label something as a planet in our solar system). It makes me wish I had taken some classes on this stuff during college!
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    Feb 15, 2011 4:50 AM GMT
    This may seem fun an exciting to you all, but all I see is the school budget taking another hit when I have to replace all the science books...AGAIN.
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    Feb 15, 2011 4:52 AM GMT
    I was amazed when I read the article too. Simply fascinating. The universe never ceases to bring the wonder and challenge the human mind.

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    Feb 15, 2011 5:00 AM GMT
    Ariodante saidThis may seem fun an exciting to you all, but all I see is the school budget taking another hit when I have to replace all the science books...AGAIN.


    Just do what the Physicians Desk Reference does: issue numerous addenda with pictures of the new pills approved after it's published yearly.

    Anyway, in 5-10 years, most students will be studying from a tablet, with textbooks loaded from the internet.