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New snow white planet on the edge of our solar system

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posted on Aug, 23 2011 @ 03:50 AM
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Came across this in Google news. This very small planet was found during 2007.



Astronomers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have discovered that the dwarf planet 2007 OR10—nicknamed Snow White—is an icy world, with about half its surface covered in water ice that once flowed from ancient, slush-spewing volcanoes. The new findings also suggest that the red-tinged dwarf planet may be covered in a thin layer of methane, the remnants of an atmosphere that's slowly being lost into space.


Here is the link:
'snow white' dwarf planet

They also mention that its smaller than pluto. Any idea that it could belong to a much bigger parent brown dwarf lurking around undetected? This only shows that there are more objects yet to be discovered in our solar system

edit on 23-8-2011 by radkrish because: snow white

edit on 23-8-2011 by radkrish because: spelling




posted on Aug, 23 2011 @ 03:52 AM
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Does snow sh!te come from snowmen?
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posted on Aug, 23 2011 @ 03:53 AM
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Originally posted by Frankenchrist
Does snow sh!te come from snowmen?
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yes it's how ice cream is made.
2nd line



posted on Aug, 23 2011 @ 03:59 AM
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who orted?



posted on Aug, 23 2011 @ 04:03 AM
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Originally posted by radkrish
Came across this in Google news. This very small planet was found during 2007.



Astronomers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have discovered that the dwarf planet 2007 OR10—nicknamed Snow White—is an icy world, with about half its surface covered in water ice that once flowed from ancient, slush-spewing volcanoes. The new findings also suggest that the red-tinged dwarf planet may be covered in a thin layer of methane, the remnants of an atmosphere that's slowly being lost into space.


Here is the link:
'snow white' dwarf planet

They also mention that its smaller than pluto. Any idea that it could belong to a much bigger parent brown dwarf lurking around undetected? This only shows that there are more objects yet to be discovered in our solar system

edit on 23-8-2011 by radkrish because: snow white



The only Sh!te In this thread is when you mentioned the brown dwarf .
Yes there are lots of things yet to be discoverd about our solar system and the universe beyond and these are very interesting times to be alive .

Peace



posted on Aug, 23 2011 @ 04:07 AM
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haha.....just too funny!

Shat a letter to get mixed up
.....i mean What a letter!



posted on Aug, 23 2011 @ 04:09 AM
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A trans-Neptunian object discovered while inside the orbit of Neptune in 2008, 2006sq372 can have an orbital period over 32,000 years. Estimated to have a diameter of 60 to 140 km, no estimates of it's makeup that I have found. It's also on Wiki.



posted on Aug, 23 2011 @ 04:14 AM
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Apologies for the title spelling
Fixed it.




A trans-Neptunian object discovered while inside the orbit of Neptune in 2008, 2006sq372 can have an orbital period over 32,000 years. Estimated to have a diameter of 60 to 140 km, no estimates of it's makeup that I have found. It's also on Wiki.


Thats interesting. This dwarf is named 2007 OR10 since it was first detected in 2007.


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posted on Aug, 23 2011 @ 04:31 AM
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neat! the '7 dwarfs' cant be far behind!

edit i meant to say dwarves, grammernazis!
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posted on Aug, 23 2011 @ 04:33 AM
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so how many planets and dwarf planets are there in total now? (myth aside!)



posted on Aug, 23 2011 @ 04:40 AM
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Pretty cool. It's nice seeing a confirmation of a planet with water. It's like a big floating snow cone! Haha.



posted on Aug, 23 2011 @ 04:44 AM
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So it's not a planet, pluto was downgraded from planet status.



posted on Aug, 23 2011 @ 05:05 AM
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Ya i know. But i still kinda feel they are planets. But tech they are dwarfs. lol.



posted on Aug, 23 2011 @ 05:30 AM
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actually, they don't like being called "midgets" or "dwarves"...they prefer to be called "little planets".



posted on Aug, 23 2011 @ 05:33 AM
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Thread flagged for interest. However, the object in question is

  1. not white,

  2. Not a planet, and

  3. a bit beyond the edge of what was traditionally known as the Solar System.

By the way, the blog linked in the OP article, Mike Brown’s Planets, looks pretty interesting. Go have a look.



posted on Aug, 23 2011 @ 05:43 AM
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Pah, heretic!
Pluto is and always will be a planet. Or possibly a dog.
Anybody who says differently: Off with their heads



posted on Aug, 23 2011 @ 05:45 AM
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I want it hard to believe they already didn't know for this planet.

i mean,we have satellites in the space for almost 40 years...

NASA know exactly what is in our solar system.



posted on Aug, 23 2011 @ 09:48 AM
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Originally posted by Nikola014
I want it hard to believe they already didn't know for this planet.

Why would you think that?


i mean,we have satellites in the space for almost 40 years...

So? Just because you have satellites in space doesn't mean you've discovered every single dwarf planet out there. They're fairly dim objects being that they're so far away, despite sometimes high albedos.


NASA know exactly what is in our solar system.

They know a lot of things that are in our solar system, but relatively small, faint asteroids and dwarf planets are still found all the time.



posted on Aug, 23 2011 @ 09:58 AM
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There is still much to discover on our own planet. The solar system is vast, and I am sure that while NASA do know more than they let on, they have only mapped and catalogued a small percentage of what is really out there.



posted on Aug, 24 2011 @ 07:16 AM
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Damn!

I was hoping Hoth, the planet they filmed Empire Strkes Back on was doscovered and this is just some nonsense!






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