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Astronomers Discover a New Dwarf Planet Beyond Neptune

Outer Solar System Origins Survey (OSSOS)
Outer Solar System Origins Survey (OSSOS)
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Outer Solar System Origins Survey (OSSOS)
Credit Outer Solar System Origins Survey (OSSOS)
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Discovery gif, the planet appears as one of the dots on the right hand side.

  An international team of astronomers has discovered a new dwarf planet orbiting in a disk of small icy worlds beyond Neptune.  The new object is a little more than 400 miles wide and has one of the largest orbits recorded for a dwarf planet.  The small icy planet was spotted with the large camera at the Canada-France-Hawai‘i Telescope on Mauna Kea  as part of the ongoing Outer Solar System Origins Survey (OSSOS).

Scientists say the find was a technological feat, since the object was just dim enough to elude less sensitive telescopes used in previous sky surveys.  Dr. Michele Bannister is a researcher with the University of Victoria.  She says the discovery may contain clues to the history of our solar system.

For now, scientists are calling the planet RR245, although a more memorable name is currently in the works.  

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