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TEENY TINY PLANET (TL66)

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  • Jeroen Kumeling
    ... From: Ndunlks@aol.com Sounds Like Science Fun Factoid TEENY TINY PLANET And now, an astronomy update... This week astronomers announced they have
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 4, 1999
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      From: Ndunlks@...


      Sounds Like Science Fun Factoid


      TEENY TINY PLANET


      And now, an astronomy update...

      This week astronomers announced they have discovered a new tiny planet in
      the
      depths of space. The petite planet goes by the rather undistinguished name
      of
      TL66, and it is only 300 miles across. That's a surface area close to the
      size of Texas. And it's not alone out there.

      A report in this week's edition of the journal Science concludes that their

      may be a horde of icy planetessimals out there...in something called the
      Kuiper belt...a group of icy objects that circle the sun beyond the orbit
      of
      Neptune. Neighbors of the newly found planet include Pluto and its moon
      Charon.

      Researchers theorize that these little planets are leftovers from the
      formation of the bigger, outer planets that were slung into cold deep
      space.




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