posted on Jul, 30 2005 @ 06:58 AM
A US astronomer said Friday he had discovered a 10th planet in the outer reaches of the solar system that could force scientists to redraw the
astronomical map. This discovery by Mike Brown of the respected California Institute of Technology is the first of a planet since Pluto was identified
in 1930 and shatter the notion that nine planets circle the sun.
PASADENA, California (CNN) -- A group of astronomers announced Friday that an object they discovered in the distant reaches of the solar system is
large enough to be classified as the 10th planet -- a claim likely to reignite a debate over just how many objects should really have the title of
The object -- located 96 times as far from the Earth as the Earth is from the sun, or nearly 9 billion miles away -- was first photographed in October
2003 by astronomers at the California Institute of Technology's Palomar Observatory, north of San Diego.
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A very intresting new discovery indeed. This is sure to capture the imagination of perople the world over.
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