News tagged with minor planet

Origin of minor planets' rings revealed

A team of researchers has clarified the origin of the rings recently discovered around two minor planets known as centaurs, and their results suggest the existence of rings around other centaurs. These findings were published ...

dateSep 16, 2016 in Astronomy
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Citizen scientists name planet

Volunteers from the Perth based citizen astronomy project theSkyNet have won the right to name a planet around a distant star as part of a global contest run by the International Astronomical Union (IAU).

dateDec 15, 2015 in Space Exploration
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The Lords of the Rings among centaurs

(Phys.org)—Chariklo, the largest known centaur object, orbiting in a region between Saturn and Uranus, is a very intriguing celestial body that surprised astronomers last year. This remote minor planet has unveiled the ...

dateSep 14, 2015 in Space Exploration report
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Uranus' moon Umbriel

The 19th century was an auspicious time for astronomers and planet hunters. In addition to the discovery of the Asteroid Belt that rests between Mars and Jupiter – as well as the many minor planets within – the outer ...

dateJun 08, 2015 in Space Exploration
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