Search results for Dwarf Planet Haumea

Astronomy Oct 29, 2020

NASA's Webb to examine objects in the graveyard of the solar system

Beyond the orbit of Neptune, a diverse collection of thousands of dwarf planets and other relatively small objects dwells in a region called the Kuiper Belt. These often-pristine leftovers from our solar system's days of ...

Astronomy Sep 14, 2020

Uranian moons in new light

More than 230 years ago astronomer William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus and two of its moons. Using the Herschel Space Observatory, a group of astronomers led by Örs H. Detre of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy ...

Astronomy May 08, 2019

Scientists investigate dwarf planet's ring

Discovered in 2004, Haumea is a dwarf planet located beyond Pluto's orbit in a region of the solar system called the Kuiper Belt. Pluto was demoted from the category of fully fledged planets in 2006 because of the discovery ...

Astronomy Nov 19, 2018

Odd bodies, rapid spins keep cosmic rings close

Forget those shepherding moons. Gravity and the odd shapes of asteroid Chariklo and dwarf planet Haumea—small objects deep in our solar system—can be credited for forming and maintaining their own rings, according new ...

Space Exploration Oct 24, 2018

Team makes breakthroughs studying Pluto orbiter mission

A Southwest Research Institute team using internal research funds has made several discoveries that expand the range and value of a future Pluto orbiter mission. The breakthroughs define a fuel-saving orbital tour and demonstrate ...

Astronomy Oct 11, 2017

Haumea dwarf planet has a ring to it: study

Move over Saturn! Scientists have found a ring around an unassuming mini-planet in our Solar System to debunk the theory that only giant planets can be so adorned.

Space Exploration Mar 20, 2017

Planet or dwarf planet—all worlds are worth investigating

Pluto's status as a "dwarf planet" is once again stirring debate. This comes as some planetary scientists are trying to have Pluto reclassified as a planet – a wish that's not likely to come true.

Space Exploration Feb 22, 2017

A geophysical planet definition

In 2006, during their 26th General Assembly, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) adopted a formal definition of the term "planet". This was done in the hopes of dispelling ambiguity over which bodies should be designated ...

Astronomy Dec 13, 2016

Dark Energy Survey discovers potential new dwarf planet

Thanks to scientists on the Dark Energy Survey (DES), the solar system just got another member.

Space Exploration May 16, 2016

Dwarf planet Haumea's lunar system smaller than anticipated

Haumea, a dwarf planet on the edge of our solar system doesn't have the same kind of moons as its well-known cousin Pluto according to a new study. This is despite original evidence that suggested they both formed in similar ...

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