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Dawn Mission Data Offers New Evidence On Vesta Asteroid's History
2013-11-07 15:32:00

A new paper published in the journal Nature rewrites the history of the giant asteroid Vesta, which was recently visited by NASA’s Dawn mission. It was during this mission that the spacecraft used its visible and infrared mapping spectrometer instrument to map out the surface of the asteroid, leading to some new theories and ideas of the space rock.

Sunless Planet Found Wandering In Galaxy
2013-10-10 10:04:16

A recently discovered exoplanet was found wandering the depths of space without the warming comfort of a nearby sun.

New Neptune Moon
2013-07-15 15:30:53

According to NASA, the Hubble Space Telescope has revealed that Neptune has been hiding another moon, bringing the total count of moons orbiting the planet to 14.

Pluto Small Moons Named Kerberos And Styx
2013-07-02 11:35:30

Previously known simply as P4 and P5, the two smallest moons of the dwarf planet Pluto have officially been given new names: Kerberos and Styx.

IAU Speaks Out Against Planet Naming Site Uwingu
2013-04-15 12:01:28

While the concept behind Uwingu is intriguing, IAU says it is misleading because their naming campaigns have no bearing on the official naming process.

Astronomers Make First Direct Observation Of A Forming Planet
2013-02-28 11:00:58

Astronomers may have made, for the first time, a direct observation of a planet forming inside a thick disc of gas and dust in a relatively nearby stellar system.

Star Trek Fans Pick Vulcan As Name For One Of Pluto's Moons
2013-02-26 07:42:56

Star Trek fans everywhere have a reason to rejoice today as a contest to name one of Pluto’s two previously unnamed moons ended with one Spock-tacular name reaching, for lack of a better term, warp speed.

Help Name Pluto's Moons
2013-02-11 13:00:25

Scientists are opening their doors and asking the public to vote for the name of two of Pluto's small moons.

Brown Dwarf Stars Can Grow Rocky Planets
2012-11-30 06:05:22

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have discovered that the outer region of a dusty disc encircling a brown dwarf contains solid grains like those found in denser discs of newborn stars.

Astronomers Discover Comets Scattered Throughout Planetary Systems
2012-11-27 14:21:31

Astronomers have discovered vast comet belts that are surrounding two nearby planetary systems using the European Space Agency's Herschel space observatory.


Latest Dwarf planet Reference Libraries

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

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...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

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...

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  • One of a pair of round metal cymbals attached to the fingers and struck together for rhythm and percussion in belly dancing.
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