2015 was the Earth’s hottest year on record

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HOUSTON, TEXAS - What is one thing everyone is affected by, but no one can control? If you said the weather, give yourself a gold star.

2015 was the Earth's hottest year on record. That's according to new data released by the NOAA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Most people refer to this phenomenon as global warming.

Another fact: our surface temperature across the globe has risen 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit since the 19th century. It may not seem like much, but the cumulative effect of the warming trend is what scientists predicted would happen due to increases in greenhouse gasses.

That is the update on Earthly news. Now for some outta this world news regarding space.

Scientists say they finally have good evidence to suggest another planet on the fringes of our solar system. We're talking billions of miles beyond Neptune.

"I think the best way to think of what it might look like is to look at Neptune," says Dr. Carolyn Sumner of the Houston Museum of Natural Science.  She says, we should imagine a much colder Neptune.

Here's the catch. Planet 9 has not been spotted yet. But six other objects have that are being affected by 9's gravitational pull. Researchers say everyone should help look for it.

"We've got to get the biggest telescopes on earth, and that's the plan. And start searching for it."

Some wonder, once we spot it, will we be reunited with an out of this world rock star to give #9 a new name?

Sumner says, "Let's hope it's not named Bowie!"

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