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Two large planets may lurk beyond Pluto

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Evidence suggests that two planets larger than the Earth may be present in the outer solar system.

Ever since the discovery that Pluto was not the only planetary body beyond the orbit of Neptune the hunt has been on to locate other distant worlds lurking in the outer reaches of the solar system.

Now scientists in Madrid have announced the results of a new study in to ‘trans-Neptunian objects’ suggesting that there could be at least two more new planets larger than the Earth still waiting to be discovered far out in space beyond the orbit of Pluto.

“The exact number is uncertain, given that the data that we have is limited, but our calculations suggest that there are at least two planets, and probably more, within the confines of our solar system,” said scientist and study co-author Carlos de la Fuente Marcos.

The research has given merit to the possible existence of the enigmatic ‘Planet X’, a long rumored world much larger than our own that is said to reside somewhere in the outer solar system.

Until astronomers can conclusively pinpoint the location of one of these extremely distant worlds however their existence is likely to remain the subject of both controversy and debate.

Source: Fox News

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