NASA has confirmed that their New Horizons space craft is only 135 million miles from Pluto. I say only because the Earth’s distance from Pluto is 2.66 billion miles at their closest. I could say that the present distance of the space craft to Pluto would be comparable from New York City to Manhattan.
In another astronomical development, according to the latest information which places Pluto in a spotlight, evidence shows that there are at least two planets hiding just behind that ball of ice. These planets are thought to be larger than earth. This according to the latest study involving ETNOs or “extreme trans-Neptunian objects”
It could be that the approaching space craft will not only be of use in exploring Pluto but can be used as well to at least get clearer pictures of these planets. Pluto first then the two planets. The results could be pretty amazing.
Studies concerning 13 of these ETNOs revealed that the current assumed orbits of these objects differed with their factual orbits.
“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,” Carlos de la Fuente Marcos, scientist at the UCM and co-author of the study, said in a statement Friday.
According to Space.com, Theory says “these objects should have an average distance to the sun of 150 astronomical units. These orbits should also have an inclination of 0 degrees.”
“However, the orbits of the ETNOs have semi-major axes ranging from 150-525 astronomical units and inclinations of about 20 degrees.”
The presence of Planet X might come to light at last believed to be 250 astronomical units from the sun and 10 times bigger than our planet.
Scientists will not have any difficulty in finding these heavenly bodies with the latest instruments at their disposal.