The search for the impossible, improbable Planet Nine
First, I am no astronomer. I have taken an interest in astronomy since I was a little boy. But as for the technical side of things I do not have any qualifications to be an astronomer at all.
I am however fairly good at recognizing patterns. And that is where we might find the probable Planet Nine.
In the early history of astronomy we had something called Bode’s Law. Simply put the planets all favor a pattern of general distance from the Sun. Starting with Mercury, at 36 million miles from the Sun, we then come to Venus at 67 million miles out, and then Earth at 93 million miles.
30 million miles between Mercury and Venus. 26 million miles between Venus and Earth. The pattern is similar. Not exact. I think we are doing it wrong.
What we have is a close resemblance between the orbits of the planets and the ripple effect of throwing a large stone into a pond.
The major players in this ripple effect in the inner solar system are Jupiter and the Sun. This ripple effect appears to stay constant between Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.
There is a missing planet! It is the necklace of asteroids between Mars and Jupiter where a planet should occur with the ripple effect in place.
I suggest that we have gas giants and iron/nickel core planets and asteroids. We have a number of iron/nickel moons. So many in fact that Jupiter alone has over 61 satellites.
The gas giants fall into two categories. Saturn and Jupiter probably do not have a solid core. Though that is not for sure.
Uranus and Neptune possibly have solid cores with extemely high core temperatures close to that of the Sun. They also have extremely large atmospheres that suggests gas giants. But if they have high temperature cores, then it is possible they have thin crusts as well that are cooler.
I mention this only because Uranus and Neptune both have gravity similar to that of the Earth. To me the logic is that they might have the same iron/nickel hot cores that the Earth has with a considerably deeper and denser atmospheres. It is possible then that both planets might have goldilock zones where life might actually have evolved into something far different than we have on our planet. Namely life that is far larger than our own life supported by a far denser atmosphere than we have here.
Uranus might be a candidate simply because of the extreme slant of the planet in regards to its orbit around the sun. That might include huge electrical storms in the atmosphere.
Neptune has the highest speed winds in the solar system.
With a core temperature approaching 8K F. degrees, a thin layer of Earth type temperatures might exist deep in the planet’s atmosphere. Probably with liquid water involved.
The other factor is a large moon circling the planet.
Large moon means tides.
Next we have a large belt of asteroids and these are not a necklace but a continuous band of matter and small planets.
I would use the ripple effect observed in the other planets to predict where such a ninth planet might exist. That puts it somewhere between 26 million miles and 50 million miles out from the asteroid belt in the outer solar system.
What is problematic is the origin of such a planet might have come from a rogue somewhere out there. That suggests a brown dwarf star in the process of breaking up over millions of years. Such a rogue brown dwarf or sub-brown dwarf likely has a solid surface of iron/nickel spectrum of elements and possibly covered in liquid oceans. The interior heat of the star might be also in the 8K F. range or better. What is important here is that water is explosive. If it gets under the mantle of such an object it could very well explode extreme amounts of heavy matter off it’s surface into outer space. The atmosphere of said object is neither a star anymore or a planet and it most likely has a very light gravitational pull for its size. It more than likely has generated Earth/Venus sized planets currently rotating as moons around the star. In rare incidences such a planet may have entered orbit around the Sun between Jupiter and the Sun. Thus giving a possible origin of the inner planets Mars, Earth, Venus, and Mercury. I am suggesting gravity in the range of 2-5 earth gravity. It could be much higher or lower. I am guessing. It could be 10 times the gravity of Earth. Which suggests creating planets might be extremely rare occurances. I am suggesting that at least 6 or 7 such objects rotate around the planet and at least one has escaped the gravity all together to be where planet nine might be using the ripple pattern effect to determine where it is.
There is a probability said planet is in an extreme comet-like orbit. Then the ripple effect may not apply. Said planet may be rotating around the Sun opposite to every planet we know about.
Such an origin might explain Venus. Venus has some very strange things about it including a rotation larger than its year.
The other possibility is the star and its planets are moving in direct opposition to the orbits of the planets inside the outer asteroid belt. So until it reaches one of the big four(Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus or Neptune) it is traveling the wrong direction around the Sun. Such a conflict might include a lot of heat.
If Earth sized planets were created in this manner more than likely they would be flung outside the solar system. Rarely in the cases of Earth, Mars, Mercury and Venus, they stabilized between Jupiter and the Sun.
The deciding factor might be water that came from the star itself. Since the star no longer is a star but a huge planet with an iron/nickel core and enough energy left to have a hot core then liquid water is a natural conclusion and is probable around most of the major moons of the solar system in one form or another. I am proposing that the star has a huge ocean over most of the planet/star and said object is probably at least 1-2 light years out. Do not know if it is in a stable obit around the Sun that far out.
The question in my mind is could life have originated there and then get planted where ever a goldilocks zone exists.
Said life would then be capable of using food from the Earth. Common origin with life on the Earth being a factor.
Our legends and myths do contain indications that so called “gods” from space were capable of hybrid children between them and us. Also said “gods” did eat the same foods as we do.
Our own bible refers to mankind being an artificial creation in the pattern of the “gods”.
Said gods beings larger than us and also with a very long lifespan. Said gods referred often to as being immortal.
As theories go, this is one of my wilder notions. But it is very possible.
I would look for a planet rotating around the Sun in accordance with the ripple effect outside the outer asteroid belt. It is most likely orbiting the wrong direction around the Sun and it is most likely about the size of Uranus. Although it could also be much smaller and much denser with a gravity similar though higher than that of the Earth. Said object most likely would then have a gravity of less than 3 times that of the Earth.
I would suggest it is 30-50 degrees off the dish-like orbits of most of the other planets. Probably has oceans and probably is virtually invisible from space.