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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Hubble Telescope Discovery

Scientists from the European Space Agency reported today that a mysterious planetoid had been spotted in the outer solar system today. The object was estimated to be roughly 2,800km in diameter, and currently at a distance from the sun that puts it near the orbit of Neptune. The object was discovered due to what appears to be a beam of intense purple light emanating from what scientists have agreed is the "front" of the object.

The object was photographed in both the visible light, as well as infrared spectrum, as seen in the newly released photo below:

One of the most prominent features discovered in the infrared wavelength photograph is that the planetoid (scientific name BRO-43011) appears to have a faint and rather large atmosphere surrounding it. Using a technique where they analyze the amount of certain wavelengths of light absorbed by the atmosphere, ESA scientists have concluded a preliminary atmospheric composition analysis on BRO-43011. Shown below by percent:

The discovery of this new and confusing object has scientists puzzled, as its size and shape are extremely out of the ordinary. While the calculations aren't exact due to data still being collected, scientists warn that the highly eccentric orbit of BRO-43011 is currently shown to have a high chance of eventually intersecting with Earth's on its journey through the inner solar system. A few groups are citing that this object may well be what the Mayans predicted as a potential end to life on Earth.

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