The Mystery Of The Giant Planet Hidden In Our Solar System

There's a giant planet right here, hiding in our solar system. One that nobody has ever seen, even while it is four times larger than Jupiter and has rings and moons orbiting it. At least, that's what two astrophysicists say.

The name of the planet is Tyche. The scientists are John Matese and Daniel Whitmire, from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. According to them, this colossus is hiding in the Oort Cloud - the asteroid beehive that forms the outer shell of our solar system. They claim that data already captured by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer proves its existence. It only needs to be analyzed.

Matese and Whitmire are convinced that Tyche is very real now. 15,000 times farther from the Sun than Earth, Tyche would be made mostly of hydrogen and helium, the titanic planet would orbit the Sun with moons and rings around it, bubbling with clouds. It would even have a mild temperature (-73C) compared to the asteroids around it, which are almost near absolute zero.

But if you are waiting for a clear picture of it, don't hold your breath: Its existence would only be revealed over the next two years. [The Independent]

Original image by NASA is not a concept of Tyche - used to illustrate size.

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    Maybe they should start by finding the hypothetical oort cloud first before they start hypothesizing about what might be in the oort cloud. Better still, maybe they could give out degrees in things that are actually useful.

    4 times more massive, not 4 times larger. At 4 times more massive it could be smaller than Jupiter.

    Heh, Pluto would be spewing if it found out it was bumped only to be replaced by Tyche

      I was thinking the same as Sam, but Pluto got bumped because it "had not cleared its orbit" as it overlaps with Neptune - makes you wonder why Neptune didn't also get bumped.

      So if this exo-planet is in the Oort Cloud would that mean Pluto would get re-instated to full planet status?

        Wouldn't it make more sense not to call Tyche a planet since, if it's in the Oort cloud, it also hasn't cleared its orbit?

        @KeithHartle As far as the "clearing its orbit" rule not applying to Neptune, I'd say its due to the mass difference between the two. The relative mass of Neptune verses other masses in its orbit would be in Neptune's favour.

        @Sky Bolt Again, the same may apply, if the mass of Tyche is significant enough against the mass of the cloud (which typically do not have much density), then it could be considered to have cleared the neighbourhood.

        Regardless though, it's interesting how something this big can be hiding in our own solar system, yet scientists have made discoveries of planets light years away which they're happily to speculate on their potential to sustain life.

    I have read the Zacharia Sitchin books called The Earth Chronicles,The 12th Planet" and this planet entering our solar system is foretold in those books.. and this could be that planet called Nibiru? home of the Annanaki. Its foretold also when this planet enters closer to earth it will upset our gravitational balance and cause all kinds of havoc, hence, the 2012 foretelling? anyway I find it quite interesting. Sitchin told of this planet and when it would enter our solar system, and now here it is. coincidence? I really don't think so.this planet enters our solar system every 26,000 years and causes unintentional destruction because it is so massive. but who knows for sure?? I just find it really uncanny I read about its existents years ago.. and now here it is ..

    Oort? Why that's just a fancy name for a butthole

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