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Researchers suggest that the huge celestial body will reach its orbit in about ten years.

Astronomers have discovered a previously unknown huge planet called UN271 2014, which has completed the solar system.

Megacomet is heading towards Saturn. Researchers expect it to reach its orbit in ten years.

It is noted that the diameter of the celestial body 2014 UN271 ranges from 100 to 370 km. However, it is not yet known what it consists of – ice or stone.

“This is the coolest thing we’ve found,” said Pedro Bernardinelli, leader of the University of Pennsylvania that discovered the comet.

It is known that researchers noticed this celestial body during the Dark Energy Survey, which took place from 2014 to 2018. 

Then they were looking for dark energy. The pictures of the body were taken by the Victor M. Blanco telescope in Chile.

They identified some 800 objects beyond the orbit of Neptune but 2014 UN271 stood out because of its colossal size as well as its path towards the Sun.

Mark McCaughrean at the European Space Agency has said that sending a probe for a flyby of the monster comet is “technically do-able” but such a mission would need to launch in the next six or seven years to reach it in time.

Samantha Lawler at the University of Regina in Canada told New Scientist that while 2014 UN271 isn’t large enough to be classified as a dwarf planet, it could technically be a minor planet or “possibly a mega comet”

She added that objects like this have rarely been observed close up: “Maybe it’ll be some totally bizarre shape,” she said. “I’m really hoping it has rings.”

At present, 2014 UN271 is classified as a “trans-Neptunian object” or TNO.

The first TNO, spotted by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930, was initially classified as a planet and given the name Pluto but since then dozens of objects of comparable size have been identified in the icy outer reaches of the Solar System, including Eris, which is larger then Pluto, Haumea, Albion, Makemake, and Gonggong.

One TNO, known as 2002 TC302, has a sizeable moon orbiting it at an incredibly close distance.

“There are approximately a hundred satellites already discovered around TNOs, but all of them are relatively far from their main bodies,” says José-Luis Ortiz at the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia in Spain.

“We do not know other objects orbiting this close for an object this big.”

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