It's their collective gravity acting in concert that solves numerous puzzles posed thus far, Ann-Marie Madigan, a C.U. Boulder assistant professor and also author of the study, said.

Dwarf planets like Sedna take more than 11,000 years to orbit the sun along lengthy circular orbits.

"We can solve a lot of these problems just by taking into account that question". Dubbed Planet Nine, this mysterious body could actually be a cluster of asteroids and other space rocks that are firing comets into the Solar System.

In 2016, astronomers Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown announced that a distant undiscovered planet could have created the unusual signatures of some TNO orbits in the Kuiper Belt and sent Sedna and other detached objects out to even more distant realms. Some researchers believe that the existence of these bodies may be evidence in favor of the hypothesis about the ninth planet of the Solar system, whose gravity makes TRANS-Neptunian objects detached.

The detached objects include Sedna, a minor planet 8 billion miles out from the sun, the scientists said. Faced with the latter, these heavenly bodies push her away to distant regions of the Solar system.

According to CU Boulder, the team looked at one of these objects in particular - a dwarf planet called Sedna, which orbits the sun at a distance of almost eight billion miles and is distant enough so as not to be affected by Neptune's gravity, the Inquisitr previously reported - and tried to understand why its orbit looks the way it does.

The natural process is that massive minor planets are naturally detached by the interaction of different gravities from the objects.

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"The picture we have in our head is a lot of little moons floating around the solar system, interacting with comets", Madigan told reporters yesterday during a news conference, notes Space.com.

An artist's rendering of Sedna, which looks reddish in color in telescope images.

This research was supported by NASA Solar System Workings and the Rocky Mountain Advanced Computing Consortium Summit Supercomputer. Using the simulations, they had calculated that the orbits of icy objects beyond Neptune circle the sun like the hands of a clock.

Lead author Jacob Fleisig said, 'You see a pileup of the orbits of smaller objects to one side of the sun.

These bumper car-like interactions can explain numerous anomalies out there, without needing to invent a huge Planet Nine.

The researchers presented their findings today at a press briefing at the 232nd meeting of the American Astronomical Society, which runs from June 3-7 in Denver, Colorado. According to the researchers, the interaction between space debris and bigger objects in the outer solar system could have triggered repeated orbital changes, which in turn, could have shot comets toward the inner part of the neighborhood, including Earth.

Remarkably, these relatively insignificant objects may also be culpable in the extinction of the dinosaurs. "While we're not able to say that this pattern killed the dinosaurs", Fleisig added, "it's tantalizing".


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