posted on Jan, 3 2009 @ 03:02 AM
Planet X has only one merit in my mind, and it has nothing to do with the ancient cultures of the world. I would like to use scientific fact rather
than speculation dressed finely with theory.
Simple historical facts of astronomy, folks. Saturn is the last planet visible with the naked eye, for the most part; if you're lucky, you'll find
Uranus on a clear night. I forget which astronomer made this discovery, but I'm sure you can look it up, seeing how it was in my science book in
elementary. Anyhow, this rather brilliant astronomer noticed that Uranus wobbles on its axis at certain points in its orbit, which led him to believe
that the gravity of another large planet must be affecting it. Lo and behold, Neptune was discovered.
Aaaand, some astronomer (possibly the same one) noticed Neptune wobbles. So we went looking, and eventuallly found Pluto. Somewhere along the line a
scientist figured out that such a little ball of ice and rock couldn't possibly, in any way, cause a planet the size of Neptune to wobble; Planet X
was officially named, seeing how X is simply the number 10 in numerals. For those of you who don't remember, Pluto was considered the ninth
planet for quite some time. I miss the poor little bugger.
Anyhow, the point is that the search for Planet X only continues because we know there isn't a chance in hell for Neptune to have an orbital wobble
for no good reason. There is a mass at least three-quarters the size of Neptune, if I remember correctly, orbiting in those cold, cold reaches of
Sadly, this is where the rest of the Planet X theories are blown apart. We've had more than a century to observe this wobbling blue planet, and its
fairly clear that this Planet X, while elusive and mysterious, is still out there beyond Neptune. So, for those of you who think Planet X is going to
somehow pound the Earth in three years... well, do the math. If the orbit takes 3,600 years, and its still beyond Neptune, we have nothing to worry
about for a very, very long time. Plus the forementioned impossibility of an eliptical orbit; a mass the size of a planet could not sustain an
eliptical orbit indefinitely, and after these billiions of years such an orbit would have decayed into a nice, boring circle. Provided Planet X
didn't cream Planet X Junior 3,600 years ago and make baby asteroids, that is.