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Is there a new Pluto?

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Astronomers has discovered what may be the most distant object in our solar system. Is it another planet? The latest object found is called V774104. Who knows how they name these objects?

As our ability to detect object in the outer reaches of the solar system has expanded it has brought forth a new discussion...is Pluto a planet? And if not, what about some of these other 'objects' we are now able to 'see'?

This new object is said to be three times further out than Pluto! Wow! So what is your opinion? Is Pluto a planet or not? Comment below and share your views!

More from the story...

Astronomers spot most distant object in the solar system, could point to other rogue planets

NATIONAL HARBOR, MARYLAND—Astronomers have found the most distant object ever in our solar system, three times farther away than Pluto. The dwarf planet, which has been designated V774104, is between 500 and 1000 kilometers across. It will take another year before scientists pin down its orbit, but it could end up joining an emerging class of extreme solar system objects whose strange orbits point to the hypothetical influence of rogue planets or nearby stars.

“We can’t explain these objects’ orbits from what we know about the solar system,” says Scott Sheppard, an astronomer at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C., who announced the discovery here today at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society. V774104 currently sits 15.4 billion kilometers from the sun, or 103 astronomical units (AU) away. One AU is the distance between Earth and the sun.

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So no matter what you think about Pluto being a planet or not there are other objects in our solar system that are worth talking about! If you love space and exploration this is a big deal!


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