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Planetary scientists at the California Institute of Technology have discovered a new planet in the outskirts of the solar system. The object circles the sun every 288 years compared to Pluto's 248 years. It has a diameter of about 1250 km, just about half that of Pluto. Even so, it is larger than all of the objects in the inner asteroid belt combined and is the largest object in the solar system discovered since Pluto in 1930.
The new planet has provisionaly been named "Quaoar" (pronounced KWAH-o-ar) after the creation force of the Tongva tribe who were the original inhabitants of the Los Angeles basin, where the Caltech campus is located.