IRAS DISCOVERS OBJECTS
23MAY2013, Edited by PEARSCH, IAeSR.
Friday, December 30, 1983 -
A heavenly body possibly aslarge as the giant planet Jupiterand possibly so closeto Earththat it would be part of this solar system has been found in the direction of the constellationOrion by an orbiting telescope aboard the U.S. infrared astronomical satellite.Conceivably, it could be the 10th planet astronomers have searched for in vain.Whatever it is, Houck said, the mystery body is so cold its temperature is no more than 40degrees above "absolute" zero, which is 456 degrees Fahrenheit below zero.The observatory made headlines briefly with the announcement on December 10, 1983 of the discovery of an"unknown object" at first described as "possibly as large as the giant planetJupiterand possibly so close toEarth
that it would be part of thissolar system."
Further analysis revealed that, of several unidentified objects, ninewere distant galaxies and the tenth was "intergalactic cirrus".
None were found to be Solar System bodies.
1983 - IRAS discovered an Asteroid Named 3200 PhaethonAndy Lloyd, author of "The Dark Star", presents a fascinating new theory about our Sun's binary or companionand the famed
, based on the work of Zechariah Sitchin's "The Twelfth Planet". Lloyd believes that thereis a failed star or sun circling our own with a cometary orbit beginning just outside the Kuiper Belt at 60 to 70 AUand stretching all the way out to the Inner Oort Cloud. Its orbital period is at least three sars or 10,800 yearswhich is very close to what astronomers have given to Sedna's orbit. It orbits more or less on the same plane as