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PEERING into the far reaches of the solar system, astronomers have spied a pink, frozen world in a region of space beyond Pluto long considered a celestial wasteland
It’s lurking seven 12 billion kilometres from the sun and is the second such object to be discovered in the area. 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.
The latest discovery shows “Sedna is not a freak. We can have confidence that there is a new population to explore,” Yale University senior research scientist David Rabinowitz said in an email. He was one of Sedna’s founders, but had no role in the new find detailed in Thursday’s issue of the journal Nature.
For years, astronomers hunted in vain for other Sednas in the little-studied fringes of the solar system.
The new object, 2012 VP113, was tracked using a new camera on a ground telescope in Chile by Scott Sheppard of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C., and Chad Trujillo of the Gemini Observatory in Hawaii. Trujillo was part of the team that found Sedna.
Like Sedna, VP is also a dwarf planet. It’s jokingly nicknamed “Biden” after Vice President Joe Biden because of the object’s initials. It measures about 450 kilometres across, or half the diameter of Sedna.
Unlike red and shiny Sedna, the new-found object is more pink and much fainter, which made it hard to detect.
reply to post by CaptainBeno
Let's get a Rover up there and start roving around pronto. We will find many an anomaly in those pink rocks.
In fact I can see an eagle's head right in the middle, a spine or two, and a bunch of fossilized spoke creatures:
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In current models rocky planets shouldn't form at edges of Solar System.