Find your own planet with NASA

As per a report by CNN, the search for the new ninth planet is on and people from all ages, ranging from a Kindergartner to a 95-year-old, can participate in their new project to help find the not-yet-discovered celestial body.

If there is a photo of Planet Nine, they say, it's somewhere in the database - and someone just needs to find it.

WISE's infrared images cover the entire sky about six times over.

That's why they need you. Objects that produce their own faint infrared glow would have to be large, Neptune-size planets or brown dwarfs, which are slightly smaller than stars.

Some of the search can be done using computers, but, machines get overwhelmed by image artifacts in crowded parts of the sky, such as brightness spikes and blurry blobs. NASA and its collaborators, including UC Berkeley, are launching the planet and brown dwarf search February 15.

It says there are "too many images for us to search through for ourselves".

UC Berkeley postdoctoral researcher Aaron Meisner, a physicist who specializes in analyzing WISE images explored the images, but liked NASA's idea of involving public to explore WISE images which are in millions.

Pluto used to be our solar system's ninth planet but it demoted to the status of a dwarf planet around a decade ago.

'Because there's so little sunlight, even large objects in that region barely shine in visible light. The best way to discover them is through a systematic search of moving objects in WISE images. Pluto was discovered by astronomer Clyde Tombaugh in 1930.

Video courtesy of the American Museum of Natural History.

Scientists are crossing their fingers that someone can confirm the existence of "Planet 9." Meisner said it's likely that volunteers will detect brown dwarfs beyond Neptune.

No one has actually spotted this so-called "Planet Nine" as yet, but researchers have shown that something is tugging at the objects in the Kuiper belt in a way that can't be explained by the eight planets we know of.

WISE images have already turned up hundreds of previously unknown brown dwarfs, including the sun's third- and fourth-closest known neighbors.

NASA is inviting the public to help search for possible undiscovered worlds in the outer reaches of our solar system and in neighboring interstellar space.

Participants will win a share of the credit in any scientific discoveries that the project brings to light.

Backyard Worlds is asking people to look through flipbooks of data to identify moving objects.

Consequently, it was renamed the Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE). "On the other hand, WISE data is a proven source of new ultra cool brown dwarfs, sometimes called rogue planets". If Planet Nine-also known as Planet X-exists and is as bright as some predictions, it could show up in WISE data. "But an identical object could also be floating freely in space, unattached to any star, and we'd call it a brown dwarf". The space agency is looking to fulfill an amateur astronomer's dream - credit for the discovery of a new planet. "By using Backyard Worlds: Planet 9, the public can help us discover more of these unusual rogue worlds".



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