Detecting solar system objects using blocked starlight: the case of Planet 9

Aniruddha Girish Aramanekoppa, Norway 13-15

The current method of finding new objects in the solar system is by observing the sky a few days apart and checking if something has moved. This method is not optimal for detecting very dim objects like Planet 9. The proposed method to detect solar system objects (SSOs) like Planet 9 is to use the starlight they block when passing in front of stars. When moving across the sky, SSOs will block the light from background stars in a traceable path. Astronomical data from telescopes can be used to detect this pattern and identify the movement of an SSO.

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