Mystery object in weird orbit beyond Neptune cannot be expla

Small pieces of rock, with a big influence (just ask the dinosaurs).
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Mystery object in weird orbit beyond Neptune cannot be expla

Post by fred8615 » August 10th, 2016, 12:25 pm

Since this object appears to be less than 200 kilometers in diameter I figured it should be in the asteroid category.

“I hope everyone has buckled their seatbelts because the outer solar system just got a lot weirder.” That’s what Michele Bannister, an astronomer at Queens University, Belfast tweeted on Monday.

She was referring to the discovery of a TNO or trans-Neptunian object, something which sits beyond Neptune in the outer solar system. This one is 160,000 times fainter than Neptune, which means the icy world could be less than 200 kilometres in diameter. It’s currently above the plane of the solar system and with every passing day, it’s moving upwards – a fact that makes it an oddity.

The TNO orbits in a plane that’s tilted 110 degrees to the plane of the solar system. What’s more, it swings around the sun backwards unlike most of the other objects in the solar system. With this in mind, the team that discovered the TNO nicknamed it “Niku” after the Chinese adjective for rebellious.

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