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A huge comet-like object has been spotted inside the orbit of Neptune. The object, at least 30 miles wide, is on the return leg of a 22,500-year journey around the sun, astronomers announced today.
Becker's team found 2006 SQ372 by applying a computer searching algorithm to data taken from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey II (SDSS II), which is tasked with finding supernova explosions billions of light-years away to measure the expansion of the universe
Add yet another new class of objects to the solar system's growing bestiary – the first known visitor from the inner part of the Oort cloud. Many comets originate in the outer Oort cloud, a shell of icy bodies that surrounds the solar system.
Originally posted by daz__
the way im reading it this thing is on it's inbound voyage.. this one could be a special one for amature astronomers.. depending on speed we may have something cool to watch in a few years as it heads for perhelion..
all comments welcome.