SUMMARY: Astronomers have discovered a new object far past the orbit of Pluto. Dubbed Quaoar, the object is 1,200 km across (approximately 1/10th the size of the Earth), and orbits the sun once every 288 years. Although the object is half the size of the Pluto, it probably won't be considered a new planet even Pluto's planetness is hotly debated. Ironically, Quaoar was caught in images taken as far back as 20 years ago; astronomers just didn't realize what they were looking at.

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