Monday, February 14, 2011

Awesomest Image du Jour XLII - Part Deux

This post deals with space...waaaay outer space.  Instead of boring into the ice in Antarctica (see next post), throw it into reverse and pan out all the way to the Oort Cloud -- the spherical cloak of space flotsam and jetsam at the gravitation limit of our solar system, which extends as much as 1/4 the way to our stellar next-door neighbor, Proxima Centauri.

Way out there -- long past poor, demoted Pluto -- is a something two scientists think may be recognized as our biggest and farthest-most, new ninth planet, Tyche.

Check it out:

And here's a cool PDF which shows Tyche in scalar relation to the rest of our solar system:  click here.


[Story source:  The Independent, and image source:  NASA Goddard Photo and Video's photostream at Flickr, both via Gizmodo via TPM.]