Popular Science

Hidden giants circling around our sun

- / by CHARLIE WOOD illustrati­on by SARA CHODOSH

ASTRONOMER­S HAVE SPENT

centuries filling in their sketches of our corner of the Milky Way. But these charts, like all maps, are only approximat­ions of reality. Their blind spots likely harbor some unknown entities—bodies too small, too close to the sun, or too far away for us to see. Here are some celestial objects that stargazers have suspected of dodging their telescopes over the years.

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