Saturday, July 30, 2005

Astronomers find large object orbiting sun

Astronomers have found a large object orbiting the sun believed to be one of the largest entities ever found in the outer solar system, reports UPI.

Astronomers of the Institute of Astrophysics in Andalusia in Spain and US astronomers also appear to have detected it. They found it with one of the twin Keck telescopes in Hawaii.The object is reported to be at least 1,488 km across but may be larger than Pluto, which is 2,240 km across.

The astronomers said details of the object are sketchy as it never comes closer to the sun than Neptune and spends most of its time much further out than Pluto.They said it is one of the largest objects ever found in the outer solar system and is almost certainly made of ice and rock.


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