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Re: NASA News Briefing On Unusual Solar Object -

From: John Hayes <webmaster.nul>
Date: Sun, 14 Mar 2004 19:51:15 +0000
Fwd Date: Sun, 14 Mar 2004 17:33:13 -0500
Subject: Re: NASA News Briefing On Unusual Solar Object -

>From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
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>Date: Sat, 13 Mar 2004 10:19:36 -0500
>Subject: UFO UpDate: NASA News Briefing On Unusual Solar Object

>Donald Savage/Dwayne Brown
>Headquarters, Washington
>(Phone: 202/358-1547/1726)

>Jane Platt
>Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
>(Phone: 818/354-0880)

>March 12, 2004

>NASA Schedules News Briefing About Unusual Solar Object

>The discovery of a mysterious object in our solar system is the
>topic of a listen-and-log-on news briefing on Monday, March 15,
>at 1 p.m. EST.

Source: The Australian


15 Mar 04

It's another world ... but is it our 10th planet?
By Louise Milligan and agencies

SCIENTISTS have found a new world orbiting the solar system --
more than 3 billion kilometres further away from the Sun than
Pluto and 40 years away from Earth in a space shuttle.

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

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.

According to astronomer Michael Brown of the California
Institute of Technology, who discovered Sedna, there could be
many other new worlds orbiting the Sun and waiting to be

"Sedna is very big, and much further out than previous
discoveries," he said. "I'm pretty sure there are other large
bodies up there too."

But physicist and cosmologist Paul Davies, of Sydney's Macquarie
University, said it was folly to describe Sedna as a planet.
"It's fun, it's exciting, but let's keep it in proportion,"
Professor Davies said yesterday.

He said scientists had known for "a decade or so the solar
system does not come to an abrupt halt" and there were a number
of "planetessimals" or little planets, like Sedna.


John Hayes


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