"My house is your house," said Kotuko; "but I think that we shall both go to Sedna together."
Now Sedna is the Mistress of the Underworld, and the Inuit believe that every one who dies must spend a year in her horrible country before going to Quadliparmiut, the Happy Place, where it never freezes and the fat reindeer trot up when you call.
"We shall go to Sedna soon--very soon," the girl whispered.
"We shall not go to Sedna lying down," said Kotuko.
Spirits, goblins, and witch-people were moving about on the racking ice, and they might find themselves stepping into Sedna's country side by side with all sorts of wild Things, the flush of excitement still on them.
"It may know some way that does not lead to Sedna"; but she reeled from weakness as she took the pulling-rope.
Caption: Artist's concept of Sedna
, the largest known trans-Neptunian object, whose orbit is "detached" from Neptune's gravitational influence.
This explains the oddball behavior of Sedna
, which is a little smaller than Pluto but follows a massive, circular orbital path to circumnavigate the sun, just like other detached objects.
The orbit of minor planet Sedna
, and of hundreds of trans-Neptunian objects, defy mathematical predictions unless a substantial, but so far, invisible object is affecting them.