(Image above from Daily Mail. All credit due. Niku’s odd orbit and tilted transit backward around the Sun)
As the Universe begins to resonate it’s mysteries and oddities, beyond what we currently know about astrophysics, the excitement of Tabby’s Star takes center stage. After a quick draw debunking of Tabby’s Star as anything unusual, it has only resurfaced as a complete mystery with the alien mega structure hypotheses (I personally don’t believe in the Dyson Sphere explanation) being the last on the list of possible answers, in the meantime no other natural phenomenon matches the bizarreness. Stars, like our Sun, do not dramatically dip in light. It is what we would define as an unnatural occurrence.
In the meantime a new mystery, a recently discovered object called Niku, probably a malformed dwarf planet, is orbiting around the sun the opposite way. That is strange.
From Business Insider:
The object is about 160,000 times fainter than Neptune, suggesting that it could be less than 120 miles in diameter. That makes the icy celestial body a minor planet, which means it’s smaller than a planet but not quite a comet.
Here’s where things get weird.
Niku orbits the solar system at a bizarre angle: a plane tilted 110 degrees to the flat plane of the solar system. This flat plane of the solar system — a disk in which planets move around the sun — is a defining quality of a planetary system.
But Niku, already moving above the plane, travels a little further upward every day.
And unlike the other law-abiding objects in the solar system, Niku travels against the flow of the bulk of the solar system, taking a wild backwards swing around the sun.
Objects that don’t move within the plane of the solar system or spin in the opposite direction must have been shoved off course by something else or tugged by the gravity of another object.
“It suggests that there’s more going on in the outer solar system than we’re fully aware of,” Matthew Holman at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, part of the team that discovered Niku, told New Scientist, where we first saw the story.”