A huge dark object the size of Jupiter is lurking just beyond the solar system and may be hurling large chunks of ice and dust towards earth.
Planetary scientists based at the University of Louisiana said 12 years of additional data had been added to initial data gathered from a century of comet data collection. The scientists believe there is a hidden companion of the sun based somewhere near the Oort Cloud system that is hurling ice particles and rock towards the inner solar system.
The scientists have analysed the comets in the Oort cloud and deduced that 25 per-cent of them would need a nudge by a body of at least Jupiter size. They said that “something smaller than a Jovian mass would not be strong enough to perform the task”.
They are hoping the issue will be resolved within the next twelve years, as there are surveys coming on-line that will dwarf the comet sample that is present today. Scientists have been making use of WISE, an infra-red space telescope that is capable of detecting dark objects. The scientists believe that WISE will tell them one way or another whether their findings are valid or not.