Posted many times.
The Washington Post article only presents a large planet as one of several possibilities. It turns out it was not correct. When taken in full context,
the article does give a pretty fair representation of what the original paper says, (though for some reason the press narrowed it down to one object,
we don't know which one). Of course, no one really paid much attention to it at the time. Then, much later, the Nibiru crowd got a hold of it and
started taking liberties with the context.
Here are the nine objects discussed by Houck, Neugebauer, et al. in their paper (with their designations and coordinates. Note the "1950 position" is
in reference to using the 1950 epoch coordinates, it has nothing to do with when the objects were found.).
What the paper says about them is this:
Data have been presented on nine point sources found the the course of the IRAS minisurvey with no obvious identified optical counterparts
brighter than 18.5 mag. A number of candidate identifications have been considered including near-solar system, galactic, and extragalactic objects.
Further observations at infrared and other wavelengths may provide additional information in support of one of these conjectures, or perhaps these
objects will require entirely different interpretations.
Aaronson and Olszewski had already identifed 0422+009 as a galaxy (1984).
Low et al. had already identified 0412+085 as infrared cirrus (1984).
In 1985 Houck et al. published Unidentified IRAS Sources: Ultrahigh-Luminosity Galaxies
. After the original IRAS survey, six of the unknown
objects were subjected to further study with the Hale telescope at Palomar. Hale identified optical sources at the location of six of the infrared
sources seen by IRAS and identified them:
0358+223: a galaxy with a jetlike structure
0404+101: an "almost spiral-like" galaxy
0413+122: a group of three galaxies, one of which shows an obvious redshift
1703+049: a galaxy
1712+100: a galaxy
1732+239: a galaxy
That leaves one unidentified infrared source; 0425-012. In 1985 Antonucci and Olszewski identified it as...a galaxy.
Nine unknown infrared sources discovered with an instrument never before used, a space-based infrared telescope. Upon further study (actually more of
a race to figure out what they were), 8 were found to be galaxies which though dim in visible light were very bright in infrared, and 1 was found to
be clouds of material emitting infrared radiation. That's what astronomical research is about
edit on 7/11/2011 by Phage because: (no reason given)