Press Esc to close
Friday 28 April 2017
News updated at 9:56 AM IST

New addition to solar system may be four times bigger than Jupiter

Last updated: 14 February, 2011
London, Feb 14 (IANS) 15:08 IST

A new planet in our solar system's outer reaches could be four times as large as Jupiter, the biggest planet in the system, scientists believe. Its orbit would be thousands of times further from the Sun than the Earth's - which explains its obscurity.

The data which could prove the existence of Tyche, a gas giant in the outer Oort Cloud, is set to be released later this year - although some believe proof has already been garnered by NASA with its pace telescope Wise and is waiting to be pored over.


Daniel Whitmire from the University of Louisiana in the US believes the data may prove Tyche's existence within two years, the Daily Mail reports. e believes the planet will mainly be made of hydrogen and helium, with an atmosphere like Jupiter's, with spots and rings and clouds, adding: "You'd also expect it to have moons. All the outer planets have them."

He and John Matese first suggested Tyche existed because of the angle comets were arriving, with a fifth of the expected number since 1898 entering higher than expected.

If confirmed, the status and name of the new planet - which would become the ninth and potentially the largest - would then have to be agreed by the International Astronomical Union.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Kempegowda International Airport customs seized Gold Biscuits...

Kempegowda International Airport customs seized Gold Biscuits...

Fireworks at Golden temple on the occasion of the Birth Anniversary of the second Guru...

Fireworks at Golden temple on the occasion of the Birth Anniversary of the second Guru...

Bollywood actor Akshay Khanna during the cremation of his father veteran actor Vinod Khanna...

Bollywood actor Akshay Khanna during the cremation of his father veteran actor Vinod Khanna...

A tiger enjoys water bath on a hot summer afternoon at Surat Zoo...

A tiger enjoys water bath on a hot summer afternoon at Surat Zoo...

Senior Wildlife Veterinarian Sharvan Singh Rathore plays with a Lion Cub ‘Kailash’...

Senior Wildlife Veterinarian Sharvan Singh Rathore plays with a Lion Cub ‘Kailash’...

Army personnel guard inside their Panzgam camp, 120 kms from Srinagar, which was attacked...

Army personnel guard inside their Panzgam camp, 120 kms from Srinagar, which was attacked...

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during a government programme at Birpara...

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during a government programme at Birpara...

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar addressing Champaran Satyagraha Smriti function...

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar addressing Champaran Satyagraha Smriti function...

RCB cheerleaders perform before the start of IPL match against Gujarat Lions at Chinnaswamy...

RCB cheerleaders perform before the start of IPL match against Gujarat Lions at Chinnaswamy...

Priyanka Chopra at a promotional event for her upcoming film ‘Baywatch’ in Mumbai on Wednesday...

Priyanka Chopra at a promotional event for her upcoming film ‘Baywatch’ in Mumbai on Wednesday...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.