Help find the ninth planet
CANBERRA: The Australian National University (ANU) has called on amateur astronomers to help its researchers find a new planet in the Solar System.
The project to find “Planet 9” is let by ANU astrophysicist Dr Brad Tucker, and will require the help of passionate stargazers who could be the first to set eyes on something no human has seen before.
“We have the potential to find a new planet in our Solar System that no human has ever seen in our two-million-year history,” Tucker said today.
“Planet 9 is predicted to be a super Earth, about 10 times the mass and up to four times the size of our planet. It’s going to be cold and far away, and about 800 times the distance between Earth and the sun.”
The ANU project will allow “citizen scientists” to browse hundreds of thousands of images taken by the ANU SkyMapper telescope at Siding Spring. – ANA-Xinhua