TEENY TINY PLANET (TL66)
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TEENY TINY PLANET
And now, an astronomy update...
This week astronomers announced they have discovered a new tiny planet in
depths of space. The petite planet goes by the rather undistinguished name
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
Neptune. Neighbors of the newly found planet include Pluto and its moon
Researchers theorize that these little planets are leftovers from the
formation of the bigger, outer planets that were slung into cold deep