According to one astrophysicist, something lurks behind Neptune: A rogue planet. A new entry to our solar system maybe? The newest theory of a dark icy planet yet undiscovered comes from Rodney Gomes of the University of Brazil. As expected, it sparked quite a controversy after world media picked up the story and circulated it across the planet.
And also as expected, theories abound.. is it Nibiru, the famed planet X that so many officials say isn't existent at all?
We know this: If this planet exists, it is about four times the size of earth, according to Gomes. He also theorizes that if it's there hiding behind the known Neptune, it was kicked out of its star system and picked up into orbit by our own sun.
Dramatic theories from an observation yet unproven, of course.
But consider this: Kepler is finding, constantly, planets. Some massive. Some possibly able to harbor life. Some maybe water. Some with two suns. This universe is still unfolding. We are tiny spokes on the wheel of something grand. Are we even aware we are on a wheel as we spin into infinity?
Gomes' theory of another planet remains a debated theory. If it would pan out into science fact it would be spectacular, but also perhaps not overly exciting. Who knows what else lurks out .. there.
Science is often slow to embrace new truths, anyway. The educated community of people with esteemed degrees is giving the third degree to Gomes' ideas today all over the net.
We have 9 planets.
All that they say.
If we had a tenth, it could certainly throw off a great deal of fact we've been taught.. plus would lead to the inevitable ripping up of science textbooks.
And if it's Nibiru? Well then, as imagined, all bets are off.