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Could an Undiscovered Planet Be Why Our Sun Is Tilted?

The proposed planet would lie far beyond Pluto

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    An artistic rendering shows the view from a proposed Planet Nine, with the sun in the background back towards the sun. Caltech scientists, who first found evidence of the undiscovered planet, said in a study published in October 2016 it could be responsible for the tilt of the sun.

    A theoretical, distant and undiscovered planet in the solar system may be why the sun is tilted, according to a new study released this week by Caltech scientists.

    It's called Planet Nine, NBC News reported, and it is said to be lurking deep in the Milky Way, tilting the planets in our solar system by as much as six degrees — or so the calculations say.

    "Because Planet Nine is so massive and has an orbit tilted compared to the other planets, the solar system has no choice but to slowly twist out of alignment," said Elizabeth Bailey, lead author of the study announcing the discovery.

    Planet Nine remains a mystery. It was proposed through computer and mathematical modeling, but one has actually seen it yet, far beyond Pluto, which used to be thought of as the ninth planet.