Icy planetoid found lurking at edge of solar system
Newly discovered object is one of the most distant bodies orbiting the sun
By Christopher Crockett, 10:18 AM March 26, 2014
There’s a new icy world in the outer suburbs of the solar system. Named 2012 VP113, astronomers think the planetoid could be a member of the Oort cloud, the giant icy junkyard thought to envelop the sun (SN: 10/19/13, p. 19).
The newly found object joins the dwarf planet Sedna as the only two worlds known to orbit beyond the Kuiper belt, where Pluto resides along with hordes of ice boulders left over from the formation of the solar system.
Astronomers discovered 2012 VP113 as a spot drifting ag...
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