In the darkness of space, way out past Neptune at the edge of the solar system, there’s something really weird going on and it has astronomers scratching their heads and searching for an explanation.
The object is called Niku, Chinese for rebellious, and not only does it orbit the sun in a backwards motion, but it does so while at a weird angle to the rest of the solar system.
Astronomers have previously discovered objects in the Kuiper belt, at the extreme edge of the solar system, that have weird orbits, but Niku is too close to the sun for that.
So far, astronomers are unable to explain the trans-Neptunian object’s behavior.
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