In a tweet by an astronomer, Michele Bannister, referring to the new but weird discovery of trans-Neptunian object (TNO), has been nicknamed “Niku”, orbiting the sun perpendicular to the rest of the planets. Moreover, It swings around the sun Backwards, Opposite the direction of the rest of the planets.So far, Astronomers are not much clear about the reason for this abnormal celestial behavior.
Explaining this rebellious Matthew Holman said “It suggests that there’s more going on in the outer solar system than we are fully aware of”. Planetary systems are defined by the flat plane of dust and gas that forms around a star. All the object spin around the sun in the same direction, this happens due to angular momentum forces everything.
Pan-STARRS telescope used to discover Niku. It is being noticed by by the Haleakala, Maui, the object is above the plane of the solar system and moving upwards, which suggested that some force must have acted upon.
Initially Planet Nine was supposed to influence Niku’s orbit, But Further analysis showed Niku is too close for any possible Planet Nine to have any influence. Niku, which is estimated to be less that 200kms in diameter, is actually a part of a group of objects.
Showing their excitement batygin told “It’s immensely exciting because it is in some sense foretell the new development.