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Strange Object Boosts Kuiper Belt Mystery [ 2002 UX25 ]
Discovery News ^ | November 13, 2013 | Ian O'Neill

Posted on 12/25/2013 3:13:15 PM PST by SunkenCiv

There’s something odd floating around in the outer solar system. Actually, there’s lots of odd things floating around in the outer solar system, but 2002 UX25 is one of the most baffling.

The mid-sized Kuiper belt object (KBO) measures 650 kilometers (400 miles) across, and yet it has a density less than water (less than 1 gram per cubic centimeter). Yes, if you put it in a huge bathtub, 2002 UX25 would float.

...planetary scientist Mike Brown, of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, has taken a measure of 2002 UX25′s density and discovered that it is “the largest solid known object in the solar system with a measured density below that of pure water ice.” Measuring the density of these distant objects are very difficult and require a small moonlet in orbit around the KBO so its orbital characteristics can be accurately measured and KBO density probed. The KBOs satellite was discovered by Hubble in 2005 and follow-up observations by the Keck Observatory in Hawaii refined its orbit.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.discovery.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Science
KEYWORDS: 2002ux25; mikebrown; xplanets
Strange Object Boosts Kuiper Belt Mystery [ 2002 UX25 ]

Strange Object Boosts Kuiper Belt Mystery [ 2002 UX25 ]

1 posted on 12/25/2013 3:13:15 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 12/25/2013 3:13:56 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Wormwood?


3 posted on 12/25/2013 3:14:58 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: SunkenCiv
Styrofoam .9 gram per cubic centimeter...........Just saying :)
4 posted on 12/25/2013 3:20:10 PM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert......Nuff said.)
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To: SunkenCiv

if it was hollow it would appear to have far less density for its dimensions


5 posted on 12/25/2013 3:21:28 PM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: Mr. K

It’s probably packing material for one of the Voyagers ...


6 posted on 12/25/2013 3:23:08 PM PST by Ken522
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To: SunkenCiv

Hmmmmm Rhyolite (pumice)?


7 posted on 12/25/2013 3:30:31 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: SunkenCiv

8 posted on 12/25/2013 3:31:43 PM PST by Bobalu (The true secret to genius is in creativity, not in technical mechanics)
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To: SunkenCiv

A Giant Kegger!


9 posted on 12/25/2013 3:34:26 PM PST by mfish13 (Elections have Consequences.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Generation ship?


10 posted on 12/25/2013 3:34:35 PM PST by eclecticEel ("The petty man forsakes what lies within his power and longs for what lies with Heaven." - Xunzi)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Nah! It’s Oobleck.


11 posted on 12/25/2013 3:40:14 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: SunkenCiv

its a Romulan scout ship carrying a copy of His real birth certificate....


12 posted on 12/25/2013 3:43:17 PM PST by faithhopecharity
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To: SunkenCiv
sounds like a floatie

Its past Uranus and would float in a bathtub

13 posted on 12/25/2013 3:43:40 PM PST by Revelation 911
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To: SunkenCiv

A galactic fart?


14 posted on 12/25/2013 3:48:03 PM PST by nevergore
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To: Red_Devil 232

Perhaps, but its albedo may have ruled that out. Probably some water ice, with lots of frozen gases.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/3105127/posts?page=23#23


15 posted on 12/25/2013 3:54:16 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: The Cajun

:’) Ureaformaldehyde?


16 posted on 12/25/2013 3:55:00 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Mr. K

If it just had a lot of holes in it, it would appear to have a lower density for its overall dimensions.


17 posted on 12/25/2013 4:14:51 PM PST by aruanan
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To: SunkenCiv

Nibiru!


18 posted on 12/25/2013 4:27:43 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

Rama!


19 posted on 12/25/2013 4:31:20 PM PST by ez (Muslims do not play well with others.)
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To: faithhopecharity
its a Romulan scout ship carrying a copy of His real birth certificate....

He did marry a romulan...

20 posted on 12/25/2013 4:39:13 PM PST by GraceG
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To: SunkenCiv

"Frank, trust me, one day soon you'll end in the Kuiper Belt. Right, Hal? Hal?"

21 posted on 12/25/2013 4:40:17 PM PST by Jonah Hex ("To Serve Manatee" is a cookbook!)
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To: The Cajun

Styrofoam .9 gram per cubic centimeter...........Just saying :)

It is the packing materials for all the instruments scientists use to find out what the missing mass f the universe is composed of...


22 posted on 12/25/2013 4:41:07 PM PST by GraceG
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To: SunkenCiv

Obama’s birth certificate? Missing 5 million Obamacare signees? Rose Law Firm records? Democratic storehouse of votes? So many options . . .


23 posted on 12/25/2013 5:02:27 PM PST by 2nd Amendment (Proud member of the 48% . . giver not a taker)
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To: GraceG

OMG! You’re right. That likeness is uncanny!


24 posted on 12/25/2013 5:06:25 PM PST by faithhopecharity
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
Oobleck

Oh.. Oh... Oh...!!

I remember that story!

When will the king say he's sorry?

25 posted on 12/25/2013 6:05:38 PM PST by NoCmpromiz (John 14:6 is a non-pluralistic comment.)
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To: Revelation 911

                 DOODY!!!

26 posted on 12/25/2013 6:08:12 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: SunkenCiv

27 posted on 12/25/2013 6:12:46 PM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

From the picture it is the storage mass of all viking Kitty hair-balls combined — I had wondered where Jim was making the storage space and now we know — right mass, right specific gravity and appearance is dead on.


28 posted on 12/25/2013 6:46:14 PM PST by KC Burke (Officially since Memorial Day they are the Gimmie-crat Party.ha)
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To: KC Burke

29 posted on 12/25/2013 7:03:45 PM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: Rodamala

lol


30 posted on 12/26/2013 3:38:17 AM PST by Revelation 911
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To: SunkenCiv
The mid-sized Kuiper belt object (KBO) measures 650 kilometers (400 miles) across, and yet it has a density less than water (less than 1 gram per cubic centimeter). Yes, if you put it in a huge bathtub, 2002 UX25 would float.

Isn't ice less dense than water?

31 posted on 12/26/2013 10:41:55 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: JimRed

Water ice formed at certain temperatures floats because of its lower density (about 6/7ths that of liquid water).


32 posted on 12/27/2013 12:28:52 AM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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