Researchers discover large planet in our solar system

This artistic rendering provided by California Institute of Technology shows the distant view from Planet Nine back towards the sun. The planet is thought to be gaseous, similar to Uranus and Neptune. Hypothetical lightning lights up the night side. Scientists reported Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, they finally have "good evidence" for Planet X, a true ninth planet on the fringes of our solar system. (R. Hurt/Infrared Processing and Analysis Center/Courtesy of California Institute of Technology via AP)

(NEWS10) – There is growing excitement from researchers and astronomers alike who say there could be a ninth undiscovered planet beyond Neptune.

According to researchers at California Tech there’s evidence of a planet, larger than our own, orbiting in the outer solar system.

While researchers say we haven’t seen the planet itself yet, we’ve already seen its gravitational influence.

“We found that the only explanation we can come up with for some very strange behavior at the edge of our solar system is that there is a giant planet, a planet that’s ten times the mass of the earth that is much, much further out than Neptune,: said Mike Brown, Professor of Planetary Astronomy at California Tech.

Scientists say the race is on for astronomers who will want to be the first to see it. They say the discovery of “planet nine” was made through mathematical modeling and computer simulations.

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