From Bloomberg: A Planet is Found. At Least That's What we Hope It Is Just in time for summer movie season comes news that something huge is lurking out there at the edge of the solar system. It’s really big. It’s never before been detected. It’s warping gravity fields. No, it’s not the latest Michael Bay disaster-fest or the mothership from “Independence Day.” It’s not the hypothesized Planet 9 that everyone was talking about a little over a year ago. Probably it’s another planet. Or maybe that mothership. ... Here’s the thing to remember about rogue planets: They’re not just wanderers; they can be destroyers, too. Simulations tell us that some 60 percent of rogue planets that enter the solar system would bounce out again. But in 10 percent of cases, the rogue will take another planet along as it departs. Just like that, Neptune is gone. Or Mars. Or, you know, us. Somewhere around the time of Americans setting foot on the moon, I remarked to my grandma that it seemed to me she and my grandpa were living in the most amazing times of human history, to have had grandparents who didn't even have electricity in their homes and yet to have grandchildren who could end up (as one has done) becoming aeronautical engineers. She said the most interesting times are always ahead, that we could never imagine far enough into the future to envision what it could bring us or what our human potential might be able to make of it. Anyway it's pretty interesting that something -- no, several somethings-- are wandering around out there that are roughly the size of planet Earth and managing to mess up the orbital behavior of our solar system's planets, and we haven't nailed them down for an ID yet? I always figured my grandma was talking more about stuff like the iPods we hadn't the imagination to invent until Steve Jobs showed up. Now I'm starting to think she meant stuff like rogue planets. Bring the funds to bear on further research! I am ready for something besides Trump on the front page, and why shouldn't it be the discovery of a couple rogue planets seeking to play billiards in our solar system. Of course I hope if these curious objects are rogue planets, or even if they're not, that they manage to continue their journey to the future without making a mess of our neighborhood. Maybe they are intergalactic peace officers sent here in a kind of Trojan horse mockup of a rogue planet, and meaning to give Donald Trump a message: "Quit messing around with the planet or we'll show you what messing around with the planet can amount to." Heh. Making America great again, one rogue planet impersonator at a time.