When I was in grade school, I learned that Pluto is the ninth planet in the Solar System and it’s the smallest of all the nine planets. But this information was changed when the planet Pluto was demoted from its being planet to just an asteroid member of the kuiper belt and its name is now just a number 134340.
By the time the existence of the Tyche (pronounced ty-kee) planet will be verified and the Tyche’s status will be promoted to being a Planet, the number of planets in our solar system will be backed again to nine. But Jupiter will not be the largest planet since the Tyche planet is believed to be four times larger than the Jupiter.
In Gizmodo report, it is said that no one has seen yet the planet. It just means that even scientists haven’t seen this yet.
However, the two scientists of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, John Matese and Daniel Whitmire, believed that Tyche is hiding in the Oort Cloud and is 15,000 times farther than the earth’s distance from the sun and is 375 times farther than Plutos’s distance from the sun. These two scientists also believed that the data or information about the Tyche are captured already by the NASA Space Telescope called Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer or WISE. They are already trying to verify its existence through the captured data. Once verified, they will try to locate its location. And once located other telescopes will be pointed to its location for the confirmation of the discovery.
By the way, Oort Cloud is a spherical cloud of comets with almost a light year of radius (from the sun as its center) and served as the outer edge of our solar system. It is believed that the unlimited number of comets we observed in the skies are coming from the Oort Cloud.
Here’s more things about Tyche:
- Tyche was probably the planet of the other star and was just attracted or captured by our solar system. This information might be used by other scientist to discredit Tyche as the ninth planet of our solar system.
- The name Tyche is derived from the name of the Greek goddess responsible for the destiny of cities.
- Tyche’s atmosphere might be similar to that of the Jupiter and it is most likely made of Hydrogen and Helium.