IamA (Blank) We are Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown, the Caltech scientists who discovered Planet Nine. AMA!
My short bio: Konstantin: One of my absolute favorite things to do is to space out and think about planets. This works out pretty well, because I get paid (in American dollars) to do exactly that. A year and a half ago, my friend Mike and I decided to use our powers of deduction to demonstrate, once and for all, that there is no such thing as planet X. While successful, we also discovered evidence for planet 9 along the way. Other things I do when professor-ing include working with students and postdocs to understand the interiors and orbits of planets around other stars, as well as teaching classes on planetary physics. When I’m not working on science, I enjoy making music, running, hiking, snowboarding, surfing, flying remote control airplanes, and hanging out with my wife and daughter. I also have a cat, who is my social media representative, and his twitter handle is @kbatygin.
Mike: I like to consider myself the Emperor of the Dwarf Planets. Unfortunately, the International Astronomical Union chooses not to accept my self-designation. I did, at least, discover most of the dwarf planets that we now recognize. These days I spend much of my time at telescopes continuing to search for new objects on the edge of the solar system in hopes of piecing together clues to how planetary systems form. When not staying up all night on mountain tops, I also teach a few thousand student in my free online MOOC, "The Science of the Solar System." Or write the occasional book. I have won a slew of fancy prizes, but my favorite honor is that I was once voted one of Wired Online's Top Ten Sexiest Geeks. But that was a long time ago, and, as my wife never ceases to point out, it was a very slow year for sexy geeks. You can stalk me on Twitter @plutokiller.
My Proof: https://twitter.com/Caltech
Hello, Reddit! Mike and Konstantin here to answer your questions about our discovery of Planet Nine. We are here until 3:00 PM EST, so ask away! All of our answers will come from the "caltechedu" account, and Mike's answers will begin with "MB", and Konstantin's will begin with "KB."
3:05 PM EST / 12:05 PM PST - We have concluded the AMA as of now, and won't be answering any more questions. Thanks, everyone, for some excellent conversation!