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Jane Luu, planetesimal researcher

Jane Luu, planetesimal researcher

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Jane Luu. Portrait of professor Jane Luu, astrophysicist, with the orbit of the extraterrestrial body 1996TL66 in the background. Luu works at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics at Cambridge, USA. In October 1996 she discovered a small body with a very eccentric orbit (in red) far outside the orbit of Neptune. The body was named 1996TL66, and is the brightest object detected beyond Neptune since Pluto and its moon Charon. This small object, called a planetesimal, is about 305 miles in diameter, and at the farthest reaches of its orbit is around 12 billion miles from the Sun. Photographed in 1997.

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