Monday, September 08, 2008

Backwards comet ... temoc (?)

''An object in the icy Kuiper belt has been found orbiting the Sun backwards, compared to most other objects in the solar system.
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The new object, called 2008 KV42, lies in the Kuiper belt, a ring of icy bodies beyond Neptune. Its orbit is inclined 103.5° to the plane of the Earth's orbit, or ecliptic. That means that as it orbits the Sun, it actually travels in the opposite direction to the planets.
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Gladman's team calculates that 2008 KV42 arises beyond the Kuiper belt but closer than the Oort cloud, in a region thought to lie between 2000 to 5000 AU from the Sun. Some astronomers call the zone the inner Oort cloud.
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