Scientists have found a mysterious object orbiting just beyond Neptune, and it’s breaking all the rules.
Astronomers have nicknamed it “Niku,” which means “rebellious” in Chinese, because of the object’s reckless behavior.
An international team of scientists discovered the object using the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) in Maui, Hawaii. The study announcing their discovery hasn’t been peer-reviewed yet, so the finding should be considered preliminary.
“I hope everyone has buckled their seatbelts because the outer Solar System just got a lot weirder,” Michele Bannister, an astronomer at Queen’s University in Belfast, tweeted on Monday.