“Dwarf planet” or “Super-Earth”: Professional and amateur astronomers join forces to find planet 9

The idea of a new planet, the so-called Planet 9, has captured the attention of scientists and the public alike. Likewise, the debate about Pluto’s planetary status inspires support of its new-found “dwarf planet” title in some, but the passionate voices of hearty displeasure in its demotion by others.

The essence of both these topics presents scientists with a unique opportunity — to understand a fundamental, scientific aspect of our Solar System while at the same engaging with a very willing public, eager to understand and contribute.

The possible existence of Planet 9 takes us to the far edges of the Solar System…

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