Mystery object beyond Neptune can’t be explained

It’s incredibly interesting that NASA has been allowing so much information to be released about what’s really going on in the solar system and the agency’s plans to explore it.  After all, they’re now actively recruiting people for a mission to Mars.

Too bad we’ve already been there, done that. Now, after decades of lies, they’re trying to prepare the people of this planet for a galactic future. Even so, I imagine a lot of people are going to be quite shocked when they realize what’s been going on all these years.

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Mystery object in weird orbit beyond Neptune cannot be explained

By Shannon Hall

“I hope everyone has buckled their seat belts 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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Source: New Scientist

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