March 14, 2004

New Planet? Nasa briefing

NASA will hold a news briefing on Monday March 15th at 1 pm EST. The discovery of a mysterious object in our solar system is the topic to be covered.
According to the press release:

"Dr. Michael Brown, associate professor of planetary astronomy, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif. will present his discovery of the most distant object ever detected orbiting the sun. He and colleagues made the discovery as part of a NASA-funded research project."
To read the full press release visit NASA.

Some are speculating that this could be a new planet in our system. From The Australian care of Drudge Report:

" NASA is expected to announce today the discovery of the space object, which some experts believe could be a new planet.

It is provisionally known as Sedna, after the Inuit goddess of the sea.

The discovery of Sedna 10 billion kilometres from Earth is a testament to the new generation of high-powered telescopes.

Measurements suggest Sedna's diameter is almost 2000km the biggest find in the solar system since Pluto was discovered 74 years ago. It is believed to be made of ice and rock, and is slightly smaller than Pluto.

The find will reignite the debate over what constitutes a planet. Some scientists claim even Pluto is too small to count as one. "

Be sure to tune tomorrowrow to find out what NASA has to say and learn more about the new discovery.


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