This artist's concept shows the planet catalogued as 2003UB313 at the lonely outer fringes of our solar system. Our Sun can be seen in the distance. The new planet is at least as big as Pluto and about three times farther away from the Sun than Pluto.
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Newest Member of Our Solar System (Artist's Concept)

This artist's concept shows the planet catalogued as 2003UB313 at the lonely outer fringes of our solar system. Our Sun can be seen in the distance. The new planet, which is yet to be formally named, is at least as big as Pluto and about three times farther away from the Sun than Pluto. It is very cold and dark. The planet was discovered by the Samuel Oschin Telescope at the Palomar Observatory near San Diego, Calif., on Jan. 8, 2005.

Image details

ID#:
PIA08003

Date added:
2005-08-03

Target:
Eris

Spacecraft:
Palomar Observatory

Instruments:
Samuel Aschin Telescope

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Full-Res TIFF:
PIA08003.tif (20.25 MB)

Full-Res JPG:
PIA08003.jpg (0.2 MB)

Image credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech