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The weirdest object in the solar system ?

June 25, 2009 | Comment icon 12 comments

Image Credit: NASA
Astronomers have found what they believe to be the weirdest object in our solar system, a dwarf planet located in the Kuiper belt known as Haumea is as big across as Pluto but is shaped like a "big squashed cigar".
The dwarf planets and other objects that litter the Kuiper belt in the far reaches of our solar system are a strange bunch, but astronomers have found what they think might be the weirdest one."

Source: Live Science | Comments (12)

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Comment icon #3 Posted by Blueguardian 13 years ago
I thought so about the spinning, it ended up like a pancake.
Comment icon #4 Posted by snuffypuffer 13 years ago
Looks more like a potato to me.
Comment icon #5 Posted by ROGER 13 years ago
"The discovery of the odd, football-shaped Haumea " From: Reporters creative writing at work.
Comment icon #6 Posted by TRUEYOUTRUEME 13 years ago
As you get farther out from the Solar System and further away from it's center is it really suprising that the shape of celestial objects may start to change more easily? Think of streams and the way smooth rock forms. That this body is further from the center may have something to do with it's elongated shape.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Diedtrying 13 years ago
I thought I was the weirdest object in the solar system.............. yes.gif Snap, I thought you were the weirdest object in the solar system..............
Comment icon #8 Posted by behaviour??? 13 years ago
And what significance does it make? Thanks B???
Comment icon #9 Posted by 747400 13 years ago
I think someone sat on it.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Nikki Hearts 13 years ago
Whoa,now that is strange.o.o
Comment icon #11 Posted by Xammu 13 years ago
How can an object that large be unable to pull itself into a spherical shape? It defies the laws of gravity!
Comment icon #12 Posted by psyche101 13 years ago
No weirder than Saturn's Moon, Atlas. It looks like a classic saucer shaped UFO. Or Saturn's other Moons, the Potatoe shaped Janus and it's counterpart, Epimetheus.

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