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Dwarf planet 'The Goblin' discovery redefining solar system

2 Oct 2018, 14:00 UTC
Dwarf planet 'The Goblin' discovery redefining solar system Illustration by Roberto Molar Candanosa and Scott Sheppard/Courtesy of Carnegie Institution for Science

An extremely distant dwarf planet, named The Goblin, has been discovered in observations that are redefining the outer reaches of the solar system.

Astronomers made the discovery while hunting for a hypothetical massive planet, known as Planet Nine, that is suspected to be in orbit far beyond Pluto in a mysterious region known as the Oort Cloud. Planet Nine has not yet been seen directly, but The Goblin appears to be under the gravitational influence of a giant unseen object, adding to astronomers’ certainty that it is out there.

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