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There is no Planet X

Postby Nyarlathotep » Sat Mar 08, 2014 8:25 pm

Sorry to make you cry.

Sorry, Conspiracy Theorists: Planet X Doesn't Mark the Spot

Well, that’s that then. There are no other big planets in our solar system, no other giant planets orbiting the Sun in the distant, cold reaches well past Neptune.

This news comes from a paper analyzing observations by WISE, the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, a scrappy little mission that spent 13 months mapping the entire sky in infrared wavelengths. This is where warm objects are bright, things like dinky stars, asteroids, galactic dust, and more.

WISE was very sensitive, and as able to see objects that were pretty faint. For example, it found tens of thousands of previously undiscovered asteroids, some of which get pretty near the Earth. These glow in the infrared, heated by the Sun.

What it didn’t discover, though, was another giant planet in our solar system. And it’s pretty definitive: it would’ve seen a planet the size of Saturn out to a distance of 1.5 trillion kilometers, over a tenth of a light year! A planet the size of Jupiter would’ve been seen out to twice that far.
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Re: There is no Planet X

Postby Pyrrho » Sat Mar 08, 2014 8:27 pm

The cloaking device is working.
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Re: There is no Planet X

Postby Rob Lister » Sat Mar 08, 2014 8:32 pm

Did we look behind us?

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Re: There is no Planet X

Postby Bearguin » Mon Mar 10, 2014 2:52 pm

The Sun is in the way.

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Re: There is no Planet X

Postby Nyarlathotep » Mon Mar 10, 2014 7:29 pm

Bearguin wrote:The Sun is in the way.


A few Illudium PU-36 Explosive Space Modulators should take care of that nicely.
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Re: There is no Planet X

Postby DrMatt » Mon Mar 10, 2014 7:32 pm

It's a bypass. You've got to build bypasses.
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Re: There is no Planet X

Postby Doctor X » Wed Mar 12, 2014 3:27 am

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