Twinkle, twinkle, little dot
Are you a planet or are you not?
By Ron Cowen, 15:38 PM August 12, 2010
The faint celestial object TMR-1C has had a checkered past — and now it has a checkered present.
In 1998, NASA proclaimed that a picture taken of the body a year earlier with the Hubble Space Telescope — a fuzzy white dot — might go down in history as the first planet beyond the solar system to be photographed (SN: 6/6/98, p. 357). The discovery team, led by Susan Terebey, now at California State University, Los Angeles, suggested that the object’s location — at the end of a long, luminous...
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