Home on the Web

By Richard Borreca

Friday, June 6, 1997

Pluto’s where
the action is

Everybody has a home base, but David C. Jewitt, a University of Hawaii astronomer, hangs out just a bit farther than most. He studies "primitive bodies in the solar system," such as the stuff hanging out just past Pluto.

This week, Jewitt and colleagues working at Harvard and the University of Arizona were recognized for their work in discovering an icy, tiny sphere the size of Texas orbiting beyond Pluto.

It is the brightest solar system object to be found beyond Neptune since the discovery of Pluto's moon Charon in 1978.

You can keep up with Jewitt's explorations by checking out the pages for the UH Institute for Astronomy at http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/, or for the exact information about the chunks of rock and ice speeding by the fringes of the solar system, scoot over to http://galileo.ifa.hawaii.edu/users/jewitt/kb.html.

"Home on the Web" is a weekly Friday feature of the Star-Bulletin.
Richard Borreca can be reached by e-mail at rborreca@pixi.com

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