Expert believes a mysterious ninth planet is to blame for wiping out the dinosaurs

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3515532/The-mystery-Planet-X-deepens-Expert-believes-mysterious-ninth-planet-blame-wiping-dinosaurs.html#ixzz44OrXEPWI

As evidence for a ninth planet in our solar system grows, a 30-year old theory about mass extinctions on Earth is resurfacing.

Evidence was discovered at the beginning of this year for the mysterious ‘Planet Nine’, and since then scientists have been looking for signs that could confirm its existence.

But the mystery of this planet has now deepened after an astrophysicist in the US has claimed this planet could have provoked comet showers that caused mass extinctions on Earth.

Yesterday, astronomer Mike Brown of Caltech, one of the scientists behind the initial announcement of the so-called ‘Planet Nine’, revealed he had found further evidence to support it.

This giant hidden planet is thought to sit on the edge of our solar system and is 10 times more massive than the Earth, gaseous, and similar to Uranus or Neptune.

Now, Dr Daniel Whitmire, a retired professor of astrophysics working at the University of Arkansas Department of Mathematical Sciences has suggested the planet triggers comet showers.

These comet showers could be powerful enough to travel towards Earth’s orbit and ultimately strike the planet and cause mass extinctions.

Dr Whitmire and his colleague John Matese first published research on the connection between Planet X and mass extinctions in the journal Nature in 1985 while working at the University of Louisiana.

At the time there were three explanations proposed to explain the regular comet showers.

These included the presence of a mystery planet on the outskirts of our solar system, dubbed Planet X, the existence of a sister star to the sun, and vertical oscillations of the sun as it orbits the galaxy.

In 1985, an additional planet in the solar system would have taken the total number of planets to 10, as Pluto was still classified as a planet until 2006 – X is 10 in Roman numerals.

The last two ideas have subsequently been ruled out as inconsistent with the paleontological record.

Only Planet X remains as a viable theory, and it is now gaining renewed attention, the university explained.

Dr Whitmire and Matese’s theory is that as Planet X orbits the sun, its tilted orbit slowly rotates and Planet X passes through the Kuiper belt of comets every 27 million years. This orbit causes comets to be knocked into the inner solar system.

Professor Mike Brown and the researchers at Caltech recently inferred a mysterious planet’s existence based on orbital anomalies seen in objects in the Kuiper Belt, a disc-shaped region of comets and other larger bodies beyond Neptune. They have dubbed this planet Planet Nine.

But there is a lot of mystery surrounding additional planets in our solar system and whether the two theoretical planets are the same is up for discussion.

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oh really?

the revelations continue..

“Dr Whitmire and Matese’s theory is that as Planet X orbits the sun, its tilted orbit slowly rotates and Planet X passes through the Kuiper belt of comets every 27 million years. This orbit causes comets to be knocked into the inner solar system. Professor Mike Brown and the researchers at Caltech recently inferred a mysterious planet’s existence based on orbital anomalies seen in objects in the Kuiper Belt, a disc-shaped region of comets and other larger bodies beyond Neptune. They have dubbed this planet Planet Nine.”

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~ by seeker401 on April 5, 2016.

5 Responses to “Expert believes a mysterious ninth planet is to blame for wiping out the dinosaurs”

  1. also..

    • adelaide

      • Mysterious planet wiped out life on Earth once and could do it again THIS MONTH

        http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/features/7053867/Mysterious-planet-wiped-out-life-on-Earth-once-and-could-do-it-again-THIS-MONTH.html

        The astrophysicist says the planet has a 20,000-year orbit around the sun and, at its closest to us, it knocks asteroids and comets towards Earth.

        Fossil evidence has suggested most of life on Earth is mysteriously wiped out every 26 to 27 million years.

        Professor Whitmire claims Planet Nine’s passage through a rock laden area called the Kuiper Belt is responsible for the “extinction events”.

        Consiracy theorists in the 80s and 90s previously claimed a red dwarf planet called Nibiru or Nemesis, which orbits too close to Earth every 36,000 years, was behind the events.

        Now some are convinced there will be a collision or a near miss before the end of April.

        Nemesis or Nibiru were widely dismissed as crack-pot pseudo-science – until Planet Nine was identified in January by the California Institute of Technology, in the US.

  2. Mysterious Pull On Cassini Probe May Help Find Planet Nine

    http://www.universetoday.com/128273/mysterious-pull-cassini-probe-may-help-find-planet-nine/

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