Astronomers spot a new object orbiting the Sun that supports the Planet Nine theory

Planet Nine

There are officially eight planets in our Solar System — yes, I know, Pluto was totally a planet, but not anymore — but that doesn't mean there isn't something lurking on the edge of our system that hasn't yet been spotted. Evidence of a still-undiscovered planet, called Planet Nine or Planet X by scientists, has been mounting for some time, and a newly-discovered object far out from the Sun may be the latest piece to the growing puzzle.

The object's official name is 2015 TG38, but it's been nicknamed "The Goblin" because that's way cooler. It's a member of a group called extreme trans-Neptunian objects which means that its orbit sees it travel to incredible distances from our star, and that orbit might actually be the result of The Goblin's interaction with a planet that has yet to be found.

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