Thursday, August 18, 2016

Could Planet Nine be Causing Solar Obliquity Changes?


Lai et al


Bailey et al.~(2016) and Gomes et al.~(2016) recently suggested that the 6 degree misalignment between the Sun's rotational equator and the orbital plane of the major planets may be produced by the forcing from the hypothetical Planet Nine on an inclined orbit. Here we present a simple but accurate calculation of the effect, which provides a clear description of how the Sun's spin orientation depends on the property of Planet Nine in this scenario.

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