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The Solar System’s 10th Planet

Posted August. 01, 2005 06:08,   


On July 29 (local time), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) released a conceptualization of the planet catalogued as 2003UB313, a source of controversy over its status as the 10th planet in the solar system. The object is farther away than Pluto, consists of ice and rocks, and is about 17 billion km away from the sun. The newly-found planet is bigger than Pluto, which is 2,274 kilometers in diameter. If verified as a planet, the object first spotted by Mike Brown, a Cal Tech planetary scientist, will become the tenth planet following Pluto, which was found in 1930.