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Kuiper Belt Object surprisingly reflective.

"The surprising thing in a billion-year-old object that is so reflective is that it maintained or renewed its reflectivity," said Pasachoff, "so possibilities include the darkening that we know takes place in the inner solar system is much less way out there; or the object renews its ice or frost from inside. We need new observations or more KBO's with occultations, and we need more theoretical work."

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Any magnetic anomalies?

Obviously it was polished to a shine as a great work of art by the intelligent saurian-derived species that rose to prominence on Earth before the K-T impact. I mean, the alternative is that aliens did it, and why would aliens come all this way just to stop in the Kuiper Belt?

A big chuck of water just waiting to be used by whomever (or is it who ever?) gets there first sounds like a great goal for someone's space program.

If it wasn't 48AU away, i.e. 7.2 billion Km ...

Oh sure, it seems far away now, but if you don't start the journey, you are not going to get there. :-)

I have the advantage of not being saddled with a great deal of knowledge of how feasible it really would be to send a probe/expedition etc.

I for one await the arrival of our space alien teenage overlords with their gleaming chrome sky charriots.

Edited at 2010-06-21 07:32 pm (UTC)

We now talk routinely about events one billion years ago, not only on Earth where we have a plethora of physical evidence, but about barely-visible objects multiple times farther away than Pluto. Awe.

William Hyde

Of course, specularity and albedo are really different things. But wasn't there, some decades ago, an idea that the observed small size of Pluto could be reconciled with the (now known to be erroneous) larger mass of "Planet X" by proposing that it was a big shiny ball and we were seeing the specular highlight? I think Larry Niven used it in a story.

Remember, it comes in threes.

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