Planet Nine: Astronomers want help from amateur stargazers

Have you ever thought about discovering a planet? It may not be as fanciful as you think.

Astronomers at the Australian National University (ANU) want help in searching for a ninth planet thought to be orbiting our Solar System.

With a working title of Planet Nine, it is speculated to exist beyond Pluto.

Amateur stargazers have been promised input on naming the planet if they spot it on a website showing digital images of space.

The website displays hundreds of thousands of images taken by a robotic telescope at the university’s Siding Spring Observatory in New South Wales.

The website shows images of the southern sky. A similar search of the northern sky was organised by US space agency Nasa last month.

ANU astronomer Dr Brad Tucker said he hopes Planet Nine will be found in the less-explored southern sky.

“If this planet exists, it’s already in one of our thousands and thousands of images,” he told the BBC.

“We said, ‘hey, let’s have the public help us and search these images to see if we can find it together.'”

Although it opens up the possibility of naming input, rules set by the International Astronomical Union mean discoverers do not have complete control.

“My personal vote is not for another Greek god, we have enough of those,” Dr Tucker said.

“I do not want Planet McPlanetface. As much as I like Boaty McBoatface, we won’t allow that as an option.”

The project will be launched by Prof Brian Cox as part of BBC Two’s Stargazing Live which begins on 28 March.


read between the lines here..

something is out there..they are telling us that..they know it..they cant hide it any more..they are even calling it planet 9..

they dont want to confirm it yet so they talk in general terms and invite “joe average” to come and help them find it!

i dont think they need help from backyard galileos..



~ by seeker401 on March 29, 2017.

7 Responses to “Planet Nine: Astronomers want help from amateur stargazers”

  1. Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

  2. Stargazing does keep public excited and does germinate future stargazers. If some people want to keep interest in a Mars and Moon colony, then they will need to keep the heavens on the attention of the public mind. They will need to keep the interest sustained, i.e. generate money and people to do these colony projects. In a certain way, it is like a political grass roots get out the vote and fund drive.

  3. “something is out there..they are telling us that..they know it..they cant hide it any more..they are even calling it planet 9..”

    …cycles…old knowledge….


      • “There is another, and far more realistic, way to view history. Plato talked about a cycle of Ages: Golden, Silver, Bronze and Iron (or Dark) Age; a cycle, a wave form – not a straight line. A similar understanding is reflected by virtually all other ancient accounts. The best known, and by far the most elaborately developed of these systems, is the Hindu, with its Yuga Cycle, which corresponds to the Platonic idea of four definable Ages.””
        “This recurrent pattern of devastation is clearly discernible in the archaeological records. Every 2,700 years our planet is impacted by a series of cataclysmic events for a period of a few hundred years, which brings about a total or near total collapse of civilizations across the world. In all the cases, however, we find that civilization restarts immediately after the period of destruction.”

        …check the whole article…

    • seems to be a cycle eh?

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