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Tyche: Newest Member of Our Solar Sytem?

Written on February 16, 2011 by R. Depp

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Another member of our solar system emerges. How could we miss something as big as Jupiter?

Scientists at University of Louisiana at Lafayette said that they’ll soon prove the existence of a gas giant which has four times the size of Jupiter. According to The Independent,  astrophysicists John Matese and Daniel Whitmire said that new ‘planet’ named is comprised “mostly of hydrogen and helium.” It can also possibly have an atmosphere and satellite similar with Jupiter.

However, it is still not finally confirmed if Tyche is indeed a planet. It will be finalized after the data which was collected by NASA Wise space telescope have been thoroughly analyzed. Some experts contradicts the idea that Tyche is a planet  because its size may affect the comets of the Oort Cloud and that it may likely born in another star system.

The name Tyche was derived from a Greek goddess who governs the fate of a city. This name can still be changed.

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