Solar System Object
This combination of images provided by the Carnegie Institution for Science shows a new solar system object dubbed 2012 VP113, indicated by the yellow arrow, that was observed on November 2012 through a telescope in Chile. New research published in the journal Nature reveals it’s the second object to be discovered in the far reaches of the solar system far beyond the orbit of Pluto. Scott S. Sheppard/Carnegie Institution for Science
Posted: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 12:37 pm
Updated: 2:17 pm, Wed Mar 26, 2014.
LOS ANGELES — Peering into the far reaches of the solar system, astronomers have spied a pink frozen world 7½ billion miles from the sun.
It’s the second such object to be discovered in a region of space beyond Pluto long considered a celestial wasteland. Until now, the lone known resident in this part of the solar system was an oddball dwarf planet spotted in 2003 named Sedna after the mythological Inuit goddess who created the sea creatures of the Arctic.
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 12:37 pm.
Updated: 2:17 pm.