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A New Planet Found INSIDE Our Solar System

Updated on October 11, 2011
Trillions of Comets
Trillions of Comets

The Oort Cloud

The Oort cloud is supposed to be a giant cloud made up of trillions of comets and defines the gravitational boundary of our solar system. It has been speculated that all the comets in our solar system, originated from this cloud. 

A Gas Giant
A Gas Giant


Scientists John Matese and Daniel Whitmire at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette say they believe there to be a giant planet hidden in this cloud. This planet is named Tyche and is purported to be four times the size of Jupiter.

These astrophysicists claim that the data needed to prove the existence of this planet, has already been gathered but will probably take another two years to fully analyze it.

If Tyche exists, then it is probably a gas giant but will have rings and moons around it.

Why are we spending billions of dollars trying to find planets in other solar systems when we haven’t even found all those that are in our own?

OK, so this planet is about one light year away from our sun, making the temperatures cold but that does not mean that life does not exist on or around it. Isn’t it already thought that the best chance of finding life in our solar system would be on one of the moons orbiting the giant planets?

I can understand scientists wanting to find a planet that could sustain human life. Yet by the time we have found it and then reach it, humans will probably have survived a new ice age and learned to live in conditions far different from those we experience today.


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      Bruce Chamoff 6 years ago from New York

      rafken, yes, they believe there is life on one of the moons surrounding our planets: namely Europa orbiting Jupiter. It is an ice world and they believe some sea life is underneath the ice.

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      Anne 6 years ago

      4 times big as jupiter!!!Interesting guys, going to be something thrilling for us!

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      RedmanBrendan 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Wow I was expecting one of the new Kuiper belt objects, VERY interesting post! Which astrophysicists are proposing this?