Scientists Fear Possible Planet X Can Destroy Life on Earth
Theorized massive planet hurls “comet storms” toward Earth
April 7, 2016
Scientists fear a planet they believe orbits the outer fringes of the solar system could potentially kill all life on Earth.
Caltech researchers Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown discovered evidence for the planet back in January, which they believe is similar in size to Uranus and orbits the sun around 20 times farther than Neptune, and it’s also been suggested that such a planet could potentially fling “comet storms” toward Earth.
Daniel Whitmire, a researcher with the University of Arkansas, once said the “persistent evidence of a Jovian mass companion in the Oort cloud” where comets originate may explain mass extinctions on Earth.
“The dislodged comets not only smash into the Earth, they also disintegrate in the inner solar system as they get nearer to the sun, reducing the amount of sunlight that reaches the Earth,” the U of A said about Whitmire’s theory.
The only major difference between Whitmire’s theory and the theory proposed by Caltech’s researchers is the length of Planet X’s orbit: Whitmire suggested an orbit of 27 million years whereas Batygin and Brown believe the planet orbits every 10,000 to 20,000 years.
But that discrepancy doesn’t necessarily rule out the influence Planet X could have on comets – and it’s potential threat to Earth.