In which our intrepid hero learns—in a roundabout way—that not everything he was told as a child was a lie.

Do you believe in Santa? How about the Easter Bunny, then? The New York Times Magazine has an article on Dr Michael E Brown of the California Institute of Technology, who has discovered five planetary objects in the far reaches of the solar system in recent years.

You may have heard of Sedna and Quaoar, and his latest discovery—codenamed Xena—is the talk of planetary astronomy circles the world over. (In fact, New Scientist won’t shut up about it.) But his other two objects are lesser-known, codenamed Santa and Easter Bunny.

So, next time a small child asks you whether Santa or the Easter Bunny exist, you can reply with some confidence that they do. Although they’re a long, long way away.

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