Have you all heard about this big planet that seems pretty likely to be way out beyond Neptune?
Caltech researchers have found evidence of a giant planet tracing a bizarre, highly elongated orbit in the outer solar system. The object, which the researchers have nicknamed Planet Nine, has a mass about 10 times that of Earth and orbits about 20 times farther from the sun on average than does Neptune
Apparently this putative planet explains a lot of weird observations. I like it. Hopefully someone will spot it soon — people are now looking, I gather.
Planet Nine is a good name, too. I hope it’s out there and I hope they keep the name. It’s evocative of Plan Nine From Outer Space, which is funny, and I like the idea of giving the ninth planet a meta kind of name, and I like that it starts with the same letter as “Pluto,” thus allowing us to complete the familiar mnemonic My Very Elegant Mother Just Sat Upon Nine ….