ETNO Alert!

I never cease to be amazed at the discoveries we are making in space. Ever since the Hubble Space Telescope had its short-sightedness cured it seems to have led to an exponential growth in planetary discovery. In conjunction with various space probes and the amazing feat of landing one on an asteroid it seems as if we are an unstoppable force of discovery. And now we have discovered ETNOs!

A Child's Eye View of Our Solar System - No ETNOs here!
A Child’s Eye View of Our Solar System – No ETNOs here! (source: Wikipedia)

The study of heavenly bodies has always interested me, perhaps not in a deeply scientific way (the maths is way too complex for my mere A-level) but watching the skies has never been more interesting (especially after my recent UFO experience). Now I even know what an ETNO is!

For the uninitiated ETNO stands for extreme trans-Neptunian object. Way beyond Neptune, the outer-most discovered planet, is a pretty unknown area called the Trans-Neptunian Region. In it we (the scientists of course, not me – I didn’t have a clue and had to look this stuff up) believe there to be a number of smaller rocks, some of which may be dwarf planets, and are mostly composed of rock and ice. Not much of a place to visit for your holidays.

What makes the ETNOs so special then?

Could the ETNO be a Death Star?
Could the ETNO be a Death Star? (Source Wookieepedia)

Well, it is possible that they may be the first pieces of rock to be discovered that far away from the sun yet within our solar system that might be the same size as our own perfect planet. Apparently observers have not actually seen them – all they have seen is some form of force exerted on asteroids that resembles the gravitational effect of a larger land mass. Whether this s revolutionary I will let you decide. As a lay ignoramus I can see the fantastical aspect of this discovery, my biggest question is this: might this gravitational pull being exerted on asteroids be something other than an unseen planet? Perhaps a Death Star? After all, they are pretty damn big! Do we really know what we are seeing out there? Will we eventually make enough noise to get noticed?

Your thoughts?

 

 

 

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