Astronomer discovers incredible never-before-seen object… which turns out to just be Mars

It's not easy being an astronomer. Making observations of distant objects is challenging in many ways, not least of which is making sure that the never-before-seen things you are documenting are actually new. That's a lesson professor Peter Dunsby learned the hard way this week, when he announced the discovery of what he believed to be an incredibly bright object in a part of the sky where it shouldn't have been.

Incredibly excited about his discovery, Dunsby relayed the information to the...

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