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During a survey of Proxima Centauri by scientist Ron Stewart using an image provided by All Sky Survey 2MASS a project of IPAC/Caltech a space anomaly was found at 71 degrees north and about 4.2 light years from Earth. The Planetary body looks to be metallic with a surface structure not commonly seen on planets in our own solar system, those made from collisions, rather looking more like polished aluminum. The Planetary object has been given the name Planet X. The images below are a step by step process of enlargements using APEP and a description of how the images were obtained using 2MASS.
Originally posted by Aldolas
First off: [b]Scientists have found Planet X!
That's a headline in itself, c'mon guys (and gals), that's a brilliant headline!
On a SERIOUS NOTE:
That's fairly close, in astronomical terms (pun wasn't intended!).
How come it wasn't found earlier?
And BTW if you plan on building a spaceship the size of a planet out of, or covered with, aluminium, you've got to mine it first.
And I wouldn't want to polish it either.
Another valid boundary region for the "edge" of the solar system is the heliopause. This is the region of space where the sun's solar wind meets that of other stars. It is a fluctuating boundary that is estimated to be approximately 17.6 billion miles (120 A.U.) away. Note that this is within the Oort Cloud.
A light-year is equal to:
* exactly 9,460,730,472,580.8 km (about 10 Pm)
* about 5,878,630,000,000 international miles
* about 63,241.1 astronomical units
* about 0.306601 parsecs
Seems like a fairly normal photo of stars to me. Couldn't someone just pick a random NASA photo, point to a small dot and claim they found a new planet? Once again, I'm not buying it until a mainstream scientist can back up these photos and tell me there's a new object in them.