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Potential discovery of a dozen objects beyond Pluto could reveal a new section of the solar system we never knew about


An artist’s interpretation of what the sun might look like from the Kuiper Belt. (Image credit: Getty Images)

Researchers may have detected a dozen new, large objects beyond the Kuiper Belt, which suggests that there is lots more stuff in the solar system than we realized. It could even hint that there is a “second Kuiper Belt” further out toward the edge of our stellar neighborhood, Science.org reported.

The sun’s influence reaches much further out into space than the eight planets that orbit around it. Beyond Neptune, the solar system stretches out to around 100 astronomical units (AU), which is 100 times the distance between Earth and the sun. For context, the most distant  planet from the sun, Neptune, is roughly 30 AU from our home star. 

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