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Space Fan News: A New Dwarf Planet and the Orion Nebula

By Science Editor

In this 171st episode of Space Fan News, physicist and space nerd, Tony Darnell, provides some insights from the most recent space news: A New Dwarf Planet and new beautiful pictures of the Orion Nebula.

As Tony will explain, the Canada-France-Hawai’i Telescope recently observed the largest and most distant planet sized objected to orbit our parent star beyond Neptune. In this case, this is a new dwarf planet with a highly elliptical orbit that may take as long as 700 years to go around our star.

Moreover, it could be as large as 450 miles across. But that’s still nearly 5 times smaller than our moon, which is 2,150 miles in diameter. This new dwarf planet also has a connection to the early years of our solar system as Tony will elucidate.

Lastly, Tony will talk about the new pictures of the Orion Nebula that were taken from Paranal Observatory in Chile. These stunning new pictures have already provided astronomers with greater detail of “brown dwarfs and isolated planetary-mass objects” in the nebula.

Enjoy the episode and as Tony always says, “Keep looking up!”

Photo courtesy of the European Southern Observatory

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