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What Is In Our Solar System? Part 3: Uranus, Neptune, the Kuiper Belt, and the Oort Cloud

Continuing our exploration of the solar system, we now come to Uranus.  Uranus was discovered by William Herschel in 1781.  Like Jupiter and Saturn, it is largely gaseous, and composed of mainly hydrogen and helium.   1,185 more words


A New Dwarf Planet

On the heels of last weeks reports of a second Sedna and a ringed Centaur comes a third cool outer solar system discovery: A new, likely large member of the… 41 more words

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A Distant Dwarf.

Scientists have identified a new dwarf planet in the distant reaches of our Solar System.  No, it isn’t Niburu.

Called 2012 VP113, it is about 450km across and is very likely icy in composition. 205 more words

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New dwarf planet gives a clearer picture of the outer Solar System

NASA remolds our image of the outer Solar System with the announcement of the discovery of a new dwarf planet.

Last week several observatories had confirmed reports of a newly discovered object outside the Solar System, which is technically as of now considered as the most distant object that… 8 more words

2012 VP113: a weird new "dwarf planet"

Astronomers Chad Trujillo and Scott Sheppard announced this week the discovery of a new icy world in the outer Solar System, named 2012 VP113. Trujillo is a colleague of… 851 more words

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A new large object in the outermost Solar System

Adapted from Carnegie Institution of Science press release, March 26, 2014:

A new distant dwarf planet, called 2012 VP113, has been discovered beyond the known edge of the Solar System. 236 more words

08. Pluto, Comets, And Space Debris

An Asteroid with Rings: The ringed space rock, called Chariklo, was originally located in the Kuiper Belt

 This is an artist’s concept of the system


  • Diameter: 155miles (250km)
  • Original location: In the Kuiper Belt…
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