The planet Vulcan in a lithographic map from 1846.

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The hunt for “Planet Nine”, or “Planet X”, is nothing new. From the mid-nineteenth century right through until 100 years ago this week there was a common belief that a planet was orbiting closer than Mercury and lost in the Sun’s glare. There were scientific reasons to believe in this planet, nicknamed “Vulcan,” but ultimately, Albert Einstein and those that tested his theory of relativity put paid to it.

Theorized “extra” planets have come and gone down the decades. So why is Vulcan back on the scene?

Dr. Dayton C. Miller and Dr. Albert Einstein are pictured at the Carnegie Institute in Washington, undated. (AP Photo)

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What is Einstein’s theory of general relativity?

The theory of general relativity kills off gravity as some kind of natural force. Instead, it describes gravity as a result of spacetime being curved by the presence of massive objects, such as stars and planets. Planets orbit the Sun because spacetime is curved; the planets are actually falling towards the Sun.

Why did scientists think there was a planet Vulcan?

French astronomer Urbain Le Verrier realized in 1859 that he could not explain the eccentric orbit of Mercury using the laws of motion set down by British astronomer Sir Isaac Newton, and theorized that there could be a planet (or planets) in between Mercury and the Sun whose presence could explain the anomaly. Since Le Verrier had used similar calculations about the orbit of Uranus to correctly predict the position of a new planet, Neptune, in 1846, the scientific world was ready to believe him. The predicted planet was called Vulcan, the god of fire, since it must have a very hot surface temperature.

“There was a belief in many quarters that there was a planet that was between Mercury and the Sun, but which was usually lost in the sun’s glare,” says Daniel Kennefick, author of No Shadow of a Doubt: The 1919 Eclipse That Confirmed Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and physics professor at the University of Arkansas. “Some people had thought they had seen Vulcan during total solar eclipses and it was very common to look for Vulcan at those events because the sun’s glare was eliminated so you would have a much better chance of seeing any possible planet.”

Illustration of the solar system, showing the paths of the eight major planets as they orbit the Sun, plus the asteroids and comets. The four inner planets are, from inner to outer, Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars. The four outer planets are, inner to outer, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

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Does Einstein’s theory of general relativity explain Mercury’s orbital motion?

Yes, and Einstein himself realized that his own general theory of relativity could explain Mercury’s strange orbit not by proving the existence of Vulcan, but by calculating how the Sun’s mass curves space-time around it. That was an important moment for Einstein, but there is still work being done to prove him 100% correct. A May 2018 paper called New General Relativistic Contribution to Mercury’s Perihelion Advance from Will Clifford at the Department of Physics, the University of Florida argues that Mercury’s orbital path shifts a degree every two billion years because of relativity.

Clifford thinks that the planets’ curving of spacetime mean that the orbits of all them are slightly altered over very long periods. It could soon be proven correct by BepiColombo, a space probe now on its way to Mercury, where tiny changes will be more easily detected than on planets further away.

During a total solar eclipse is the only time that an inner planet could be searched for. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, file)

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Why did it take so long to disprove the existence of Vulcan?

Have you ever seen Mercury? The closest planet to the Sun is very hard to observe from Earth. Although it can occasionally be glimpsed very close to the horizon, scientists in 1859 theorized that even if there was an unknown planet between Mercury and the Sun, it would be impossible to see at any time other than during a total solar eclipse or a transit of the planet across the Sun. Or, of course, it could be explained away by a grand scientific theory. However, even such a grand theory as Einstein’s general theory of relativity also required a total solar eclipse to prove its accuracy.

Who was looking for Vulcan?

“Vulcan was supposed to explain the anomalous perihelion shift of Mercury, and then Einstein came along and his theory explained that very nicely,” says Kennefick. “In 1918 some Americans tried to test Einstein’s theory during a total solar eclipse, but they were also still looking for Vulcan.” However, when British astrophysicist Sir Arthur Eddington, secretary of the Royal Astronomical Society, and his assistant Edwin Cottingham, traveled to Príncipe Island off the west coast of Africa for the total solar eclipse of May 29, 1919, they ignored Vulcan. “They didn’t think that it was there, and went specifically to test Einstein’s theory,” says Kennefick. “There is a certain logic there. If you try to find out that Einstein’s theory is correct then you don’t have to worry about Vulcan.”

The existence of a planet Vulcan was disproved almost accidentally on 29 May 1919 when the results of a study of a total solar eclipse proved Einstein’s theory of relativity.

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How was Vulcan finally disproved?

Despite cloudy skies, Eddington and Cottingham, along with colleagues in Sobral, Brazil, elsewhere on the path of totality, successfully photographed the stars around the Sun during totality. Those photographs of some of the stars in the Hyades open cluster, in the constellation of Taurus, showed that the stars were in the position predicted by Einstein’s general theory of relativity, thereby proving the theory, and by extension, disproving the existence of another inner planet.

A planet has been found in the same place Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry pretended Spock’s home planet of Vulcan to be. (M. Kornmesser/ESO via AP)

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Where is the “new” planet Vulcan?

Of course, long after Eddington and Einstein, Vulcan made a comeback as the fictional home of Spock in Star Trek. It was said by Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry to be orbiting around 40 Eridani (also called HD 26965), a triple star system in the constellation of Eridanus “the river” in the southern hemisphere just 16 light years distant. In September 2018, astronomers at the University of Florida in Gainesville found a “super-Earth” exoplanet orbiting exactly where Vulcan was said to be.

Officially it’s called HD 26965 b, but is anyone not going to call it Vulcan?

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The world Vulcan in a lithographic map from1846

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The hunt for “World 9”, or “World X” , is absolutely nothing brand-new. From the mid-nineteenth century right through up until100 years ago today there was a typical belief that a world was orbiting closer than Mercury and lost in the Sun’s glare. There were clinical factors to think in this world, nicknamed “Vulcan,” however eventually, Albert Einstein and those that evaluated his theory of relativity put paid to it.

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Dr. Dayton C. Miller and Dr. Albert Einstein are visualized at the Carnegie Institute in Washington, undated.( AP Image)

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What is Einstein’s theory of basic relativity?

The theory of basic relativity exterminates gravity as some sort of natural force. Rather, it explains gravity as an outcome of spacetime being curved by the existence of enormous items, such as stars and worlds. Worlds orbit the Sun due to the fact that spacetime is curved; the worlds are really falling towards the Sun.

Why did researchers believe there was a world Vulcan?

French astronomer Urbain Le Verrier recognized in 1859 that he might not discuss the eccentric orbit of Mercury utilizing the laws of movement set down by British astronomer Sir Isaac Newton, and thought that there might be a world (or worlds) in between Mercury and the Sun whose existence might discuss the abnormality. Given That Le Verrier had actually utilized comparable computations about the orbit of Uranus to properly anticipate the position of a brand-new world, Neptune, in 1846, the clinical world was all set to think him. The anticipated world was called Vulcan, the god of fire, given that it should have a really hot surface area temperature level.

“There was a belief in lots of quarters that there was a world that was in between Mercury and the Sun, however which was generally lost in the sun’s glare,” states Daniel Kennefick, author of No Shadow of a Doubt: The 1919 Eclipse That Confirmed Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and physics teacher at the University of Arkansas. “Some individuals had actually believed they had actually seen Vulcan throughout overall solar eclipses and it was extremely typical to search for Vulcan at those occasions due to the fact that the sun’s glare was removed so you would have a better opportunity of seeing any possible world.”

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Illustration of the planetary system, revealing the courses of the 8 significant worlds as they orbit the Sun, plus the asteroids and comets. The 4 inner worlds are, from inner to external, Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars. The 4 external worlds are, inner to external, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

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Does Einstein’s theory of basic relativity discuss Mercury’s orbital movement?

Yes, and Einstein himself recognized that his own basic theory of relativity might discuss Mercury’s unusual orbit not by showing the presence of Vulcan, however by determining how the Sun’s mass curves space-time around it. That was a crucial minute for Einstein, however there is still work being done to show him 100 % appropriate. A May 2018 paper called New General Relativistic Contribution to Mercury’s Perihelion Advance from Will Clifford at the Department of Physics, the University of Florida argues that Mercury’s orbital course moves a degree every 2 billion years due to the fact that of relativity.

Clifford believes that the worlds’ curving of spacetime mean that the orbits of all them are a little changed over long durations. It might quickly be shown appropriate by BepiColombo, an area probe now on its method to Mercury , where small modifications will be more quickly found than on worlds even more away.

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Throughout an overall solar eclipse is the only time that an inner world might be looked for. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, file)

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Why did it take so long to negate the presence of Vulcan?

Have you ever seen Mercury? The closest world to the Sun is extremely tough to observe from Earth. Although it can periodically be glimpsed extremely near to the horizon, researchers in 1859 thought that even if there was an unidentified world in between Mercury and the Sun, it would be difficult to see at any time besides throughout an overall solar eclipse or a transit of the world throughout the Sun. Or, naturally, it might be rationalized by a grand clinical theory. Nevertheless, even such a grand theory as Einstein’s basic theory of relativity likewise needed an overall solar eclipse to show its precision.

Who was searching for Vulcan?

“Vulcan was expected to discuss the anomalous perihelion shift of Mercury, and after that Einstein occurred and his theory discussed that extremely well,” states Kennefick. “In 1918 some Americans attempted to check Einstein’s theory throughout an overall solar eclipse, however they were likewise still searching for Vulcan.” Nevertheless, when British astrophysicist Sir Arthur Eddington, secretary of the Royal Astronomical Society, and his assistant Edwin Cottingham, took a trip to Príncipe Island off the west coast of Africa for the overall solar eclipse of Might 29, 1919 , they overlooked Vulcan. “They didn’t believe that it existed, and went particularly to check Einstein’s theory,” states Kennefick. “There is a particular reasoning there. If you search for out that Einstein’s theory is appropriate then you do not need to fret about Vulcan.”

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The presence of a world Vulcan was negated nearly inadvertently on 29 May 1919 when the outcomes of a research study of an overall solar eclipse showed Einstein’s theory of relativity.

Public domain

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How was Vulcan lastly negated?

Regardless of cloudy skies, Eddington and Cottingham, in addition to associates in Sobral, Brazil, somewhere else on the course of totality, effectively photographed the stars around the Sun throughout totality. Those photos of a few of the stars in the Hyades open cluster, in the constellation of Taurus, revealed that the stars remained in the position anticipated by Einstein’s basic theory of relativity, therefore showing the theory, and by extension, negating the presence of another inner world.

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A world has actually been discovered in the exact same location Star Trek developer Gene Roddenberry pretended Spock’s house world of Vulcan to be. (M. Kornmesser/ESO by means of AP)

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Where is the “brand-new” world Vulcan?

Naturally, long after Eddington and Einstein, Vulcan rebounded as the imaginary house of Spock in Star Trek It was stated by Star Trek developer Gene Roddenberry to be orbiting around 40 Eridani (likewise called HD 26965), a triple galaxy in the constellation of Eridanus “the river” in the southern hemisphere simply 16 light years far-off. In September 2018, astronomers at the University of Florida in Gainesville discovered a “super-Earth” exoplanet orbiting precisely where Vulcan was stated to be

.

Formally it’s called HD 26965 b , however is anybody not going to call it Vulcan?

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