Welcome to my first Sunday post focusing on articles about our universe. I am always looking for stories that are fascinating, odd and even humorous. This first one actually is all three…..
Did you ever know a kid in school (or were you that kid), that just went through life to the beat of a different drum? Well, now the universe has a “kid” like that and they call it NIKU.
I first came across this story in Popular Mechanics. Niku is a 124 mile object beyond Neptune’s orbit. Objects like Niku are called trans-Neptunian objects or TNOs. What makes Niku so special is that it is orbiting BACKWARDS around the sun, in the opposite direction from most other objects in the solar system.
No one knows why.
Check of the article below for more on this new discovery. There is also another article from New Scientist with more facts, including a story about another celestial mystery, Planet Nine (no relation to the movie).
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