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Japanese astronomers believe a mysterious new planet dubbed 'Planet X' is orbiting in the outer reaches of the Earth's solar system.
Kobe University scientists claim 'Planet X' is about two-thirds the size of the Earth and has the same elliptical solar orbit.
"The possibility is high that a yet unknown, planet-class celestial body, measuring 30 percent to 70 percent of the Earth's mass, exists in the outer edges of the solar system," said a Kobe University statement.
The discovery comes two years after the International Astronomical Union excluded Pluto from the list of planets, saying the solar system consists solely of Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.
Japanese scientists eye mysterious 'Planet X'
Kyoko Hasegawa , AFP
Published: Thursday, February 28, 2008
Scientists at a Japanese university said Thursday they believed another planet up to two-thirds the size of the Earth was orbiting in the far reaches of the solar system.
The researchers at Kobe University in western Japan said calculations using computer simulations led them to conclude it was only a matter of time before the mysterious "Planet X" was found.
"Because of the very cold temperature, its surface would be covered with ice, icy ammonia and methane," Kobe University professor Tadashi Mukai, the lead researcher, told AFP.
Originally posted by VIKINGANT
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