New Dwarf Planet found

Those poor objects stuck in size between asteroids and true planets.
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fred8615
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New Dwarf Planet found

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It all began with a small dot moving across a computer screen.

That dot has now turned out to be a new dwarf planet, temporarily dubbed “RR245.” It’s a chunk of rock and ice about two thirds the size of California (north to south) orbiting amidst other small, icy worlds in the nether reaches of the solar system beyond Neptune.

Full article: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/image ... 4UWJOgrJhE
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Christopher K.
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Re: New Dwarf Planet found

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2015 RR245 is about 700 kilometers across, which would make it about thirty percent the size of Pluto. At this time, larger KBOs will not be found, probably, except with better-detecting equipment.

More information:
http://www.cfht.hawaii.edu/en/news/NewDwarfPlanet/
https://astronomy.com/news/2016/07/a-ne ... en-spotted

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