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About Konstantin Batygin's Work

Over the course of the last quarter century, astronomical surveys have unveiled an expansive field of icy debris beyond the orbit of Neptune, known as the Kuiper belt. The most distant bodies within this belt exhibit a peculiar orbital alignment, and collectively point to the existence of an additional, Neptune-like planet in the solar system. As a Packard Fellow, Batygin will carry out an extensive suite of theoretical and numerical calculations that will identify the distant planet’s location, and discover it observationally.