posted on May, 14 2012 @ 08:11 PM
Originally posted by Nakor
They say we cannot see this planet...a bunch of bull if you ask me. We see planets billions of light years away, can tell what the planet COULD be
made of but yet we can't see this in our own solar system?
We can at best see planets that are thousands of light years away, and then only the very largest ones. Most planets we detect even at these
distances are found because of how they affect the stars they orbit. We've seen a few very large bodies directly at such great distances, but this
isn't the norm.
At billions of light years even whole galaxies often only appear as smudges of light.
I'm sure there would be a way to find this even if we go by the method of how we found the new planet when it transit near the sun. I just
can't agree with the scientist on the Nation Geographic article which stated that we will not be able to see the planet. In my opinion, there should
be some way we could find it whether it be with a craft we have out there already or with a telescope here on earth.
Depending on it's size and reflectivity (albedo), it might be very difficult to see. Pluto and especially Eris, for instance, are very reflective and
so are visible even at their very great distances from Earth despite their small size. If a body is composed of different material than what is
otherwise common in the Kupier belt region (which means a lot of ice), then it could be hard to see. This might also suggest that it formed either in
some other region of the solar system and got kicked out, or came from somewhere else in the galaxy and was pulled in.
Another interesting thought that just occurred to me is that it's maybe just possible there could be a world out there composed of
, which is something that is still hypothetical but considered by some to be very
possible and could even exist in the form of planetary and even star-sized bodies. Mirror matter, not to be confused with anti-matter, would be
basically impossible to detect visibly unless it micro-lensed a more distant object, like a star or galaxy, but would still affect things
gravitationally. It's considered one of the possible candidates for dark matter in the Universe.
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