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Distant object found orbiting Sun backwards
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The orbit of the object 2008 KV42 is so tilted with respect to the planets that it travels backwards around the Sun. It has been nicknamed
The orbit of the object 2008 KV42 is so tilted with respect to the planets that it travels backwards around the Sun. It has been nicknamed "Drac" for "Dracula", since vampires supposedly have the power to walk on walls (Illustration: CFEPS)
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An object in the icy Kuiper belt has been found orbiting the Sun backwards, compared to most other objects in the solar system.