The Discovery of Dwarf Planet 2012 VP113 Makes Two Best Science Lists for 2014

2012 VP 113
An artist rendition of 2012 VP113. (Photo originally appeared in Discover Magazine, 2015)
Tuesday, January 06, 2015 

Scott Sheppard and the Gemini Observatory's Chad Trujillo's discovery of the icy dwarf planet 2012 VP113 orbiting the Sun from far beyond Pluto claimed the number 16 spot on Discover Magazine's "Top 100 Science Stories of 2014", as well as the number three spot in Astronomy Magazine's "Top 10 Space Stories of 2014".

How big is our Solar System? After the discovery of the dwarf planet Sedna ten years ago by co-discoverers Trujillo, Mike Brown (Caltech), and David Rabinowitz (Yale University) on 14 November 2003, the question of what lies beyond the edge of the Solar System has been sought out by the world’s brightest astronomers. Sheppard and Trujillo's discovery of the dwarf planet 2012 VP113 on the 5 November 2012, follows the most distant orbital trajectory around the Sun known.

Click here to read the original story in the March 2014 issue of Nature.