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Post by Abdul Alhazred »

:jesusbuffy: Guess they're running out of mythological figures.

Reuters via MSNBC:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10483772/
Oddball object circles sun beyond Neptune

Astronomers puzzle over strange tilted orbit of 'Buffy'

WASHINGTON - A distant object named Buffy has been spotted circling the sun far beyond Neptune in a strange tilted orbit that is making some astronomers question how the outer reaches of the solar system formed.

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But Buffy's circular track means it stays beyond the 50 astronomical unit range for its entire orbit, never getting much closer than 52 astronomical units, or AU, and sometimes swinging out to 62 AU.

The only other known object that never gets within the 50 AU boundary is Sedna, which flings out to 900 AU and swoops in to 76 AU. But Sedna's orbit is typically elliptical, while Buffy goes around in a near-perfect circle.

And Buffy's orbit is tilted at a 47 degree angle from the rest of the solar system.

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Abdul Alhazred wrote::jesusbuffy: Guess they're running out of mythological figures.
Not that I think you weren't joking:
The object, which received the official designation 2004 XR 190 in the International Astronomical Union's official announcement, was discovered during routine operation of the Canada-France Ecliptic Plane Survey (CFEPS) running as part of the Legacy Survey on the Canada France Hawaii Telescope. For now, the discoverers are using the temporary nickname "Buffy" to identify the new object, although they have proposed a different official name in keeping with normal procedures for naming such objects.
http://www.spaceguarduk.com/news.htm
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bjornart: :jesusbuffy:

Didn't they "temporarily" name something Mickey or Goofy recently?
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Did he fail at becoming a star?

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