Monday, August 01, 2005

Hacker forced new planet discovery out of the closet: "It transpired that Brown and his friends had been sitting on the information since 2003 when they snapped it with a 122cm telescope at the Palomar Observatory. However they couldn?t confirm much about it until it was analysed again last January. So in the time honoured tradition of boffins everywhere they decided to keep the data from the common people until they knew a bit more. Brown said that data is still being processed and it will take at least six months before astronomers can determine the planet?s exact size. The planet seems to be about 1.5 times the size of Pluto, which is usually dubbed a planetoid because it is so small." That's allright, the hackers probably have faster computers and aren't running Windows. Maybe they can release the info on the planet's size sooner.

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