Video: Scott Sheppard's Planet X Capital Science Evening Lecture

Sheppard took a full auditorium on a journey through the largest, deepest survey ever attempted of our Solar System's fringes. Photo: Roberto Molar Candanosa, DTM.
Friday, February 22, 2019 

DTM's Scott Sheppard presented a talk titled, "Beyond Pluto: The Hunt for a Massive Planet X," at the Carnegie Institution for Science headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, February 21.

In December 2018, Sheppard announced the most-distant object ever observed in our Solar System. His team's work has shown that the farthest-out-there objects—beyond the Kuiper Belt and the influence of the known major planets—are strangely grouped together in space. This suggests the existence of a yet-unobserved planet, sometimes called Planet X or Planet 9. More massive than the Earth, this mysterious planet could be shaping the current orbits of these extremely distant objects.

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