'Planet 9' hasn't been spotted yet, but check out these 9 space objects

Planet 9, a possible new addition to the solar system, hasn't been spotted yet and it could take years for researchers scouring the skies with telescopes to document it. In the meantime, here are a few awesome astronomical images related to recent discoveries in space.

Scientist who led charge to demote Pluto to dwarf planet says there may be a 9th planet

This diagram shows Planet 9’s predicted orbit (in orange), next to the orbits of the six most distant known objects in the solar system (in pink) and Neptune’s orbit (in magenta). (R. Hurt/IPAC/Caltech)

The long-hypothesized existence of a ninth planet in our solar system may have just taken a giant leap forward in becoming a fact, thanks to the work of a pair of California Institute of Technology researchers who on Wednesday released findings in The Astronomical Journal.

While they've called it Planet 9, it's important to note "it" hasn't been spotted yet.

Astronomer Mike Brown and planetary scientist Konstantin Batygin based their findings on computer models and, with the publication of the math they used, the two are confident their "discovery" will be verified with a telescope within five years.

In the meantime, here's a look at 9 other celestial discoveries, starting with Pluto:

The New Horizons spacecraft is beaming back photographs of dwarf planet Pluto that reveal in unprecedented detail the topography of our distant, icy neighbour, including vast plains, mountains and even a giant "cryovolcano" nicknamed Wright Mons.

Mike Brown, known as the Pluto killer, was instrumental in the determination that Pluto, once considered our ninth planet, was in fact too small to hold the designation. Pluto was stripped of its planetary status in 2006. 

NASA's Cassini spacecraft photographs ice geysers on Saturn's moon Enceladus.

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter finds liquid water may still flow on the Red Planet.

The Mars Rover sent back some cool pictures from the surface, too.

The once mysterious bright spots on Ceres, a dwarf planet. 

Dwarf planet Ceres appears mostly black save for a few, once inexplicable, bright spots. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA)

Data sent home from the Dawn spacecraft has led scientists to believe those weird luminous spots are likely made of magnesium sulphate, a mineral commonly known on Earth as Epsom salts. 

Comet Catalina was discovered in 2013 by a project that looks for potentially hazardous near-Earth objects.

Canadian astronomer Paul Klauninger took this closeup shot of comet Catalina on Jan. 6, 2015, in his backyard in Lanark Highlands, Ont., using an 11-inch telescope. (Paul Klauninger)

New Horizons probe leaves the solar system after Pluto flyby.

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, which buzzed Pluto in July 2015, has been programmed to boldly go where no probe has gone before: a distant Pluto-like object in the distant Kuiper Belt. (Steve Gribben/Southwest Research Institute/Johns Hopkins University /NASA)

New Horizons, built to explore Pluto, was reprogrammed to target a distant icy speck known as PT 1 after successfully completing its mission. While not an actual discovery yet, it is expected to arrive on New Year's Day 2019.

Rosetta finds 4 billion-year-old molecular oxygen in a comet.

This single-frame Rosetta navigation camera image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was taken on July 7, 2015. from a distance of 154 km from the comet centre. The image has a resolution of 13.1 m/pixel and measures 13.4 km across. (ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM)

After analysing data from the European spacecraft Rosetta, scientists say molecular oxygen streaming from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which would be in the neighbourhood of 4.6 billion years old, has implications for the search for alien life and our understanding of how the solar system formed.

A new, red hot discovery could be a step towards finding another Earth-like planet.

Venus moves in front of the sun in June 2012, in a rare event that won't occur again until 2117. The new planet, GJ 1132b, has a thick Venus-like atmosphere. (Dave Chidley/Canadian Press)

A new rocky Earth-sized planet was discovered right on our galactic doorstep in November 2015. GJ 1132b, named after the small nearby star that it orbits, can hit 450 C, which is really hot, but not so much so that scientists think it could have a Venus-like atmosphere.

The hot, new Earth-sized planet called GJ 1132b appears in the foreground of this artist's conception, orbiting a red dwarf star. (Dana Berry/SkyWorks/NASA via AP)

Astronomers looking to stretch their gaze deeper than the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescope permit are waiting until 2018 for the James Webb Space Telescope, which will help them analyse planets like GJ 1132b so that one day, a potentially life-sustaining planet in a distance solar system can be found.  


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