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Q: Why is the hypothesized object dubbed "Tyche," and why choose a Greek name when the names of other planets derive from Roman mythology?
A: In the 1980s, a different companion to the sun was hypothesized. That object, named for the Greek goddess "Nemesis," was proposed to explain periodic mass extinctions on the Earth. Nemesis would have followed a highly elliptical orbit, perturbing comets in the Oort Cloud roughly every 26 million years and sending a shower of comets toward the inner solar system. Some of these comets would have slammed into Earth, causing catastrophic results to life. Recent scientific analysis no longer supports the idea that extinctions on Earth happen at regular, repeating intervals.
Originally posted by Chadwickus
Hands up who didn't even bother to read the link supplied by the OP.
OP, you can put your hand up too.
Learn to comprehend and understand what you're reading please.
Makes you look less stupid.
Originally posted by Razz123
Check this out guys, I really dont know what to say but Nasa is making it kinda clear that there is something coming this way.
Recently, WISE completed an extended mission, allowing it to finish a complete scan of the asteroid belt, and two complete scans of the more distant universe, in two infrared bands. So far, the mission's discoveries of previously unknown objects include an ultra-cold star or brown dwarf, 20 comets, 134 near-Earth objects (NEOs), and more than 33,000 asteroids in the main belt between Mars and Jupiter.
Originally posted by kylioneXsushi
Ok, ok. It was an honest mistake on the OP's part. And his status didn't sound very fear mongery to me. It's still an interesting bit of information and actually does include information on a hypothetical brown dwarf.