NASA has put out a public call for help in locating "mysterious and as-yet undiscovered Planet 9," which astronomers think may be "the most distant planet in our solar system." The new website, Backyard Worlds: Planet 9, lets people search footage captured by the agency's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission a few years ago. The footage shows objects gradually moving across the sky. "There are too many images for us to search through by ourselves," NASA said. They have even offered to share credit for the discovery.
Astronomers believe that the planet exists because of strange orbits of other distant objects that spin beyond Neptune. If Planet 9, also known as Planet X, is there and is as bright as some predictions, they believe it could show up in the WISE movies taken in 2010 and 2011. Pluto used to be the ninth planet before its demotion to dwarf planet status 10 years ago. This is why they are looking for what is now referred to as "Planet 9."
"There are just over four light-years between Neptune and Proxima Centauri, the nearest star, and much of this vast territory is unexplored," said lead researcher Marc Kuchner, an astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Planet 9 could have a mass about 10 times that of Earth and an orbit about 20 times farther from the sun, on average, than Neptune, NASA said. It may take between 10,000 and 20,000 Earth years to make one full orbit around the sun, NASA suspects.
So how about it? Are you in? Would you want to be credited by NASA as "finding" Planet X? Is this a legitimate plea for help from a new populous focused NASA, a PR stunt, conditioning, or a psyop?