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OBJECT DISCOVERED IN SOLAR SYSTEM July 29, 2005

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The new object.(BBC) Posted by Picasa

Astromers have discovered a new object circling the sun. The BBC reports:

Details of the object are still sketchy. It never comes closer to the Sun than Neptune and spends most of its time much further out than Pluto. It is one of the largest objects ever found in the outer Solar System and is almost certainly made of ice and rock.

It is at least 1,500km (930 miles) across and may be larger than Pluto, which is 2,274km (1,400 miles) across. The uncertainty in estimates of its size is due to errors in its reflectivity. It might be a large, dim object, or a smaller, brighter object. Whatever it is, astronomers consider it a major discovery.

The issue now seems to be who first discovered it – the Americans or the Spanish.

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