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These Are The 10 Largest Non-Planets In Our Solar System

by Ethan Siegel, Forbes

Astronomically, bodies within the Solar System must achieve three criteria in order to gain the much-vaunted status of planet:

  • Gravitationally pull themselves into a spheroidal shape, where they obtain hydrostatic equilibrium,
  • Orbit the Sun in an ellipse and no other smaller, parent body,
    and clear their orbit of any substantially-massed objects.

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Scientists discover ‘Farout,’ the most distant solar system object ever seen

by David Freeman, NBC News/MACH

The pinkish dwarf planet is more than 100 times farther from the sun than Earth is — and almost four times more distant than Pluto.

Astronomers said Monday they had discovered the most distant object ever seen in the solar system — and it’s so far away that they nicknamed it “Farout.”

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Futuristic, nuclear ‘tunnelbot’ aims to solve solar system mystery

by Colm Gorey, siliconrepublic

The search for extraterrestrial life will continue not just on the surfaces of planets, but deep within their icy cores.

For decades, rovers and landers on planets such as Mars have either examined or roamed the surface to find evidence for flourishing microbial life, or at least the ancient remnants of it. However, this could be all about to change with the development of a new robot that can burrow deep within a planet’s surface.

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