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April 14, 2004 01:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2004-14

Hubble Observes Planetoid Sedna, Mystery Deepens

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About the Object
Object Name: 2003 VB12 ("Sedna"); K31114A
Object Description: Solar System body; planetoid
Position (J2000): R.A. 03h 13m 51s.12
Dec. +05° 45' 41".14 (March 16, 2004)
Constellation: Cetus (March 16, 2004)
Distance: Approximately 13.5 billion kilometers (8.4 billion miles)
About the Data
Data Description: This data are taken from HST proposal 10041: M. Brown (Caltech). The science team includes: M. Brown (Caltech), C. Trujillo (Gemini Observatory, Hawaii), and D. Rabinowitz (Yale University).
Instrument: ACS/HRC
Exposure Date(s): March 16, 2004
Exposure Time: 1.1 hours
Filters: F435W (B)
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Brown (Caltech)
Release Date: April 14, 2004