Latest Dwarf planet Stories
This summer, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will complete a flyby of Pluto, studying among other things the surface composition, geology, morphology, atmosphere and surface temperature of the dwarf planet and its moons. The goal is to understand how the system formed.
For the first time ever, Pluto and its moons were captured in a photo together using NASA's Long Range Reconnaissance Imager. What a tender family reunion.
This morning, NASA released an animated image of the dwarf planet taken by the Dawn spacecraft on May 3 and 4, giving us an even closer and more defined look at the mysterious bright spots--and even a few more hints as to what causes them.
New images captured by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft have revealed a bright feature near the visible pole of the dwarf planet Pluto – a feature that could be a polar cap made out of frozen molecular nitrogen ice, officials from the US space agency announced on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON, April 29, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the first time, images from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft are revealing bright and dark regions on the surface of faraway Pluto - the
If this image gives you the heebie jeebies, you might not want to wait around for New Horizons to get a good look at the spider-like patterns on Pluto.
WASHINGTON, April 14, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is three months from returning to humanity the first-ever close up images and scientific observations of
NASA has released the first color map of Ceres, and while the data is still said to have come from early observational stages, it nonetheless indicates that the dwarf planet was shaped by a series of diverse processes since its formation some 4.5 billion years ago.
It was one month ago Monday that NASA’s Dawn spacecraft entered orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres, and the US space agency issued an update this week assuring that the probe was still in good health and performing “flawlessly” as it continued its research.
WASHINGTON, April 6, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The public has until Friday, April 24 to help name new features on Pluto and its orbiting satellites as they are discovered by NASA's New
Uranus' moon Titania -- Titania is the largest moon of Uranus. Titania was discovered on January 11, 1787 by William Herschel. All of the moons of Uranus are named for characters from Shakespeare or Alexander Pope. Names for the first four discovered moons of Uranus, Oberon, Titania, Ariel and Umbriel, were given by John Herschel, the son of William. Titania was named after Titania, the Queen of the Faeries in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Titania is composed of roughly 50% water...
Brown Dwarf -- Brown dwarfs are a special type of low-mass star (approximately 13-70 Jupiter masses) that do not have nuclear fusion occurring in their cores during their time on the main sequence. Early in their development most brown dwarf stars do have lithium fusion in their cores, and a lack of lithium is a test for low-mass objects that are suspected of being brown dwarfs. Many brown dwarfs continue to glow in the red and infrared after their lithium is exhausted. This glow is...
- The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
- A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.