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New evidence points to giant 9th planet on solar system edge

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The solar system may have a ninth planet after all. This one is 5,000 times bigger than outcast Pluto and billions of miles farther away, say scientists who presented “good evidence” for a long-hypothesized Planet X on Wednesday. The gas giant is thought to be almost as big as its nearest planetary neighbor Neptune, quite possibly with rings and moons. It’s so distant that it would take a mind-blowing 10,000 to 20,000 years to circle the sun. Planet 9, as…

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It’s showtime for Pluto; prepare to be amazed by NASA flyby

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Pluto, reveal thyself, and Earthlings, enjoy the show. On Tuesday, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will sweep past Pluto and present the previously unexplored world in all its icy glory. It promises to be the biggest planetary unveiling in a quarter-century. The curtain hasn’t been pulled back like this since NASA’s Voyager 2 shed light on Neptune in 1989. Now it’s little Pluto’s turn to shine way out on the frigid fringes of our solar system. New Horizons has traveled 3…

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