Institute for Advanced Study / Princeton University Joint Astrophysics Colloquium

Planet Nine from Outer Space

Astronomers have been predicting and searching for planets beyond Neptune for almost 180 years. In all previous cases the predictions were based on bad data, bad physics, or both, and the predictions turned out to be wrong. In 2016, we joined this  inglorious group and declared that orbital alignments of the most distant objects in the solar system demand the presence of a distant giant planet on an eccentric and inclined orbit. I'll describe the mounting evidence for this planet, discuss the counter-proposals, and talk about the ongoing search for what would be the fifth largest planet of our solar system.

Date & Time

March 05, 2024 | 11:00am – 12:00pm


Peyton Hall Auditorium


Matt Brown, California Institute of Technology