Eccentric Minor Planet to Make Close Pass to Saturn’s Orbit in 2030


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By Pamela Gay, Dr. Pamela Gay, Beth Johnson, and Annie Wilson. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

Minor planet 2014 UN271, discovered in data collected by the Dark Energy Survey, is set to make a close pass to Saturn’s orbit at the end of the decade, giving astronomers a chance to observe a rare trans-Neptunian object from up close...ish. Plus, Venus, Jupiter, the Milky Way, and an invisible galactic structure discovered quite by accident.

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