Searching for the mysterious Planet 9

UC Berkeley, NASA looking for citizen scientists to help find Planet 9

Or it could be a nearby brown dwarf star, which would be another exciting discovery.

The best way to discover them is through a systematic search of moving objects in WISE images. The two astronomers - Mike Brown and Konstantin Batygin - inferred the planet's existence based on the unusual movements of six small objects in the Kuiper Belt.

"There are just over four light-years between Neptune and Promixma Centauri, the nearest star, and much of this vast territory is unexplored", Marc Kuchner, a NASA Goddard Space Flight Center astrophysicist said in a statement. Both NASA and UC Berkeley and other collaborators launched the search project of planet and brown dwarf on Feb 15. A recent image of Neptune taken by WISE shows a fade object behind that might be a distant planet around the sun. Meisner thinks that online volunteers would perhaps be lucky in detecting new planets due to their fast brains.

NASA is looking for help to find the mysterious and as-yet undiscovered Planet 9, which astronomers think may be the most distant planet in our solar system. "Because there's so little sunlight, even large objects in that region barely shine in visible light". Though the mission is no longer active, WISE provided some of the most comprehensive images of the sky that we have, making it an ideal "map".

Those hoping for theoretical Earth-sized planets proposed by astrologers or science fiction writers - which are "hiding behind the sun" and linked with Doomsday scenarios - may have to keep searching. It's a 21st-century version of the technique astronomer Clyde Tombaugh used to find Pluto in 1930, a discovery made 87 years ago this week.

"If it exists, Planet 9 could be large - maybe 10 times the mass of Earth but orbiting far out beyond the Kuiper Belt", said astronomer Adam Schneider from Arizona State University, who's part of a new citizen science project to hunt down the planet.

Video courtesy of the American Museum of Natural History. Researchers believe that the Sun's neighbourhood is the home to many low-mass objects called "brown dwarfs". While Planet 9 would look very blue in WISE time-lapse animations, brown dwarfs would look very red and move across the sky more slowly. A postdoctoral researcher in ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration, Schneider is particularly interested in studying objects smaller than fully fledged stars and ranging down in size to planets. Moving objects flagged by participants will be prioritized by the science team for follow-up observations by professional astronomers. Participants will share credit for their discoveries in any scientific publications that results from the project.

Wise was first launched in 2010 and scanned the sky until 2011.

American space research organisation NASA is inviting the Astro buffs from around the world to surf through its intensive database of its Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission and locate planet nine, that is if it is out there.

A new planet hasn't been discovered (excluding ex-planet Pluto) since Neptune in 1846. According to UK Berkeley, Planet 9 will probably appear to be blue.

The new website uses all of the WISE and NEOWISE data to search for unknown objects in and beyond our own solar system, including the putative Planet 9.

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