Sunday, February 20, 2011

A new planet Tyche?

The professors, Daniel Whitmire and John Matese, have dubbed the planet "Tyche," in honor of the Greek goddess who reigned over the fates of cities. In Greek, the word "tyche" means "fate" or "fortune." Whether the fate or fortune of Tyche turns out to mesh with the two scientists’ beliefs remains to be seen.

A “secret planet” four times the size of Jupiter might exist in our very own solar system.
While Pluto lost official “planet” status in 2006, leaving empty the position of our solar system’s ninth planet, the proposed existence of the as-yet-never-seen planet Tyche is drawing the urgent attention of scientists, according to the British Daily Mail newspaper. 
American astrophysicists John Matese and Daniel Whitmire from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette first proposed Tyche’s existence in order to explain a change in path of comets entering the solar system. 

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