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Do you ever write poems for classes in highschool and then find them while cleaning out your Google Drive? ‘Cus I sure do. Enjoy this little ditty from my ~space phase~ 



Planet Nine


Wikipedia Definition: Planet Nine is a hypothetical large planet in the far outer Solar System, the gravitational effects of which would explain the improbable orbital configuration of a group of trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs) that orbit mostly beyond the Kuiper belt.


Nine, Darling Nine

Consider planets, we know what they are, we know what they are made up of

we have a pretty good idea of from where they came, and we have seen them.

But consider this: a planet exists, but we have no visual of it.

There’s a planet out there, but our species is yet to make ocular contact with it.


Is it real? Does it exist? Is this possible planet replacing our beloved

Pluto as the ninth planet in our solar system?

Well perhaps, but perhaps not.

There is no one hundred percent on the actuality of this mysterious object,

but the things we’ve already decided we “know” about it are extensive.


To the average human, planet nine is Pluto.

To the average astronomer, planet nine is just that, planet nine.

A space orb so far away that by making one revolution oh so slowly

around the sun, 15,000 years has past. Perhaps 12,000AU from the sun.

Does that sound correct? How could you know?

How could any of us know if it isn’t actually actual yet.


One Astronomical Unit is one earth-sun distance,

92955807.3 miles.

Light takes about eight minutes to get from the sun to our habitable planet.

That’s days for light to get to Planet Nine.

What a dark world its inhabitants must live in.


Gravity is a relatively weak force in the realm of space and the

fact that its weak force reaches all the way to planet,

in the depths and the darkness of our outer solar system is a rather intriguing thought to ponder.

If a force is so weak, how then does it reach so far?


The so called “discovery” of Planet Nine was one that came from another planet.

Neptune is rather near to the beginning of the Küper Belt and

has a few friends orbiting around, tugging and pulling the blue planet

in different directions all due to Planet Nine’s

mass, gravity and, well, existence.


What a lovely little planet it could be.

With around ten earth masses and anywhere between two and four earth diameters,

why, it’s bigger than earth, perhaps it’s better than earth too.

Perhaps it’s somehow perfectly out of place.


It’s nestled in, darling Nine. It’s back far beyond Neptune,

far beyond Pluto, it’s delved deep. It’s gotten lost on its way and now sits,

guarding the Küper Belt, living, existing, creating,

or so we think.

Rae Stoffel is a senior at Butler University studying Journalism with a double minor in French and strategic communications. With an affinity for iced coffee, blazers, and the worlds worst jokes, she calls herself a witty optomistic, which can be heavily reflected in her writing. Stoffel is a Chicago native looking forward to returning to the windy city post graduation. 
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