July 29, 2005

Interesting News From Outer Space

:: A couple of interesting news items from the solar system:

  • Ice Lake Found On The Red Planet: "A giant patch of frozen water has been pictured nestled within an unnamed impact crater on Mars.

    The photographs were taken by the High Resolution Stereo Camera on board Mars Express, the European Space Agency probe which is exploring the planet.

    The ice disc is located on Vastitas Borealis, a broad plain that covers much of Mars' far northern latitudes."

    More information available from the European Space Agency site.

  • Distant Object Found Orbiting Sun: "Astronomers have found a large object in the Solar System's outer reaches. It is being hailed as "a great discovery".

    Details of the object are still sketchy. It never comes closer to the Sun than Neptune and spends most of its time much further out than Pluto.

    It is one of the largest objects ever found in the outer Solar System and is almost certainly made of ice and rock.

    It is at least 1,500km (930 miles) across and may be larger than Pluto, which is 2,274km (1,400 miles) across.