A Giant Telescope Will Search The Stars For 'Planet X'

A Giant Telescope Will Search The Stars For 'Planet X'

For years, astronomers have been searching (pointlessly?) for 'Planet X', a rumoured Earth-size planet said to live in the outer reaches of the Solar System (and which is going to collide with Earth and kill us all, if you listen to the truthers).

NPRhas taken a look at the search for 'Planet X', and the tool that should prove or disprove its existence one way or another: the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), a gigantic star-searching array that's just started construction in Cerro Pachon, Chile.

Although some astronomers ruled out Planet X's existence after a NASA survey last year found a big 'ol pile of nothing, NPR talked to those who stay faithful to the cause. It's fascinating to see how much debate there is over the existence of something so big, so close (by space terms, at least). Either way, when the LSST comes online in 2022, we should have a shot at answering this one way or another: it's rocking the world's largest digital camera. [NPR]


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    I'm not a wacky therist but I was watching national geographic and a few years ago it was assumed by just about all scientists every planetary orbit was very rounded and an evenish circle in a sense mirroring our solar system and the majority of our planets circling around our star.

    As it turns out with a lot of new research and discovery of other planets in distant solar systems we are the exception!

    Sometimes the simplest things escape the most brilliant minds.

    What's with the names of these telescopes?

    At least this one is synoptic, but the rest are like Large, Very Large, Giant, Humongous, Big-ass Telescope.

    The descendants will probably have fun with this, using telescopes with many times their resolution.

    Last edited 04/02/15 10:07 am

    Planet X?
    Duck Dodgers from the 24th and a half century called.

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