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Astronomers find proof of ninth planet in solar system

The solar system may host a ninth planet that is about 10 times bigger than Earth and orbiting far beyond Neptune, according to scientists.

SA Astronomical Observatory's Amanda Sickafoofse on Thursday said that, so far, the planet has not been observed directly.

We don't have direct evidence and haven't been able to see the planet ourselves yet. But we can see its effect on other objects in the solar system.

Amanda Sickafoose, Head of Instrumentation and Planetary astronomer at the SA Astronomical Observatory

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:

It may be a while before we will be able to actually view it. The more objects we discover, the more data points we have.

Amanda Sickafoose, Head of Instrumentation and Planetary astronomer at the SA Astronomical Observatory

Only recently - in the past two years - we've been discovering objects that are further and further out of the solar system.

Amanda Sickafoose, Head of Instrumentation and Planetary astronomer at the SA Astronomical Observatory

It makes you wonder what other things are out there, doesn't it?

Amanda Sickafoose, Head of Instrumentation and Planetary astronomer at the SA Astronomical Observatory

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