Researchers Caltech’s Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown colaborated for more than one year and half and concluded that “Planet X” might be 1,200 times as far away as Neptune, and its orbit may take as long as 20,000 years. “We just may not have a telescope big enough to capture enough light to be able to get a picture of the thing,” Wiggins said. “This is the first serious claim for the existence of an additional planet in the solar system,” appreciated planetary scientist Alessandro Morbidelli of France’s Observatory of the Cote d’Azur. If Planet Nine really exists, it could help scientists understand the birth of the solar system. “Just with this one extra planet, the solar system is much more like other planetary systems we’ve been finding in the galaxy,” Mike Brown said.