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Discovery of a potential new dwarf planet - SpaceTime with Stuart Gary Series 20 Episode 31

21 Apr 2017, 10:22 UTC
Discovery of a potential new dwarf planet - SpaceTime with Stuart Gary Series 20 Episode 31
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* Discovery of a potential new dwarf planet
A distant member of our solar system could be the latest in a growing group of celestial bodies known as dwarf planets. Measurements of 2014 UZ224 – and more informally known as DeeDee – indicates it’s roughly 635 kilometers wide -- large enough have sufficient mass to be self-gravitating – in other words round – one of the criteria necessary for astronomers to consider it a dwarf planet.

*Record breaking pulsar neutron star system discovered
Citizen scientists have helped astronomers discover an unusual record breaking double neutron star system. The findings will help scientists better understand and test Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity which explains the interaction of mass and the fabric of spacetime.

*Three Australian Satellites launched on Cygnus cargo ship bound for Space Station
Orbital’s seventh Cygnus Cargo ship has successfully blasted off on an Atlas V rocket carrying fresh supplies bound for the International Space Station. Included in the Cygnus AO-7 payload are three small Australian satellites to study the interactions between space weather and weather on Earth.

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