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Planet-Like Ball Spied Beyond Pluto

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Planet-Like Ball Spied Beyond Pluto

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Planet-Like Ball Spied Beyond Pluto

Planet-Like Ball Spied Beyond Pluto

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Astronomers have discovered a giant ball of ice and dust in orbit around the sun, far beyond Pluto. Scientists say it's the most distant object in our solar system, 8 billion miles away. Dubbed Sedna, the object is about the same size as Pluto — and some wonder whether it should be called a planet, too. NPR's Richard Harris reports.