posted on Sep, 8 2005 @ 05:36 PM
I'm sure we all remember that rush of 'new' planets and planetoids last month... during which time we learned that an object larger than Pluto is
out there and may be classified as the 10th planet. Well... a further analysis of one of the other Kuiper Belt Objects that was announced during that
period has revealed that it is actually shaped like a long, flattened cigar:
"One of the three large new bodies discovered recently in the outer solar system is spinning so quickly it has stretched into a cigar shape,
according to new observations. If confirmed, the strange shape is sure to fuel the controversy over what constitutes a planet."
"The team says more light is reflected when the longer side of the object is facing the Sun, while less bounces off when the shorter sides are
pointed that way. 2003 EL61 appears to be about twice as long as it is wide - and shorter still in height. "It takes the shape of a short, flattened
cigar," says team member Chad Trujillo, an astronomer at the Gemini Observatory in Hawaii, US."