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Images Reveal A 'Snowman' At The Frigid Outer Reaches Of Our Solar System

Scientists say Ultima Thule, a newly explored world out beyond Pluto, is a relic from our solar system's earliest days.

New images of a mysterious world at the far reaches of our solar system show that it's shaped much like a snowman, with one large icy sphere attached to a smaller one.

The shape indicates that a rotating cloud of innumerable tiny objects must have coalesced into two balls that slowly spiraled closer and closer together

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