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Fraser
2008-Sep-06, 12:00 AM
A strange Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) has been discovered orbiting the Sun in the wrong direction. The object, designated as 2008 KV42 but nicknamed Drac (after Dracula, as vampires are fabled to have the ability to walk on walls), has a highly inclined orbit of 103.5°. Drac is a rarity as very few objects in [...]

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Jeff Root
2008-Sep-06, 02:22 AM
With an inclination of 103.5 degrees, it seems ridiculous to call it a
Kuiper Belt Object, or even to call the orbit retrograde. The significant
feature of the orbit is its very high inclination.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

frankuitaalst
2008-Sep-06, 08:04 AM
Some animations , such as a 3D anaglyph animation of the orbit of 2008KV42 can be seen on the GravitySimulator forum :
http://www.orbitsimulator.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?num=1220621877/0