Latest Dwarf planet Stories
A dark red area discovered on dwarf planet Haumea appears to be richer in minerals and organic compounds than the surrounding icy surface.
Pluto's lowered celestial status will probably stick at an upcoming meeting of astronomers in Rio de Janeiro, an American astronomer predicted Sunday.
Astronomers using the U.S.
Using ESO's Very Large Telescope, astronomers have gained valuable new insights about the atmosphere of the dwarf planet Pluto.
Launched in September of 2007, and propelled by any one of a trio of hyper-efficient ion engines, NASA's Dawn spacecraft passed the orbit of Mars last summer. Now, the spacecraft is plunging toward the red planet, and scientists couldn't be happier.
Astronomers have turned to an unexpected place to study the evolution of planets -- dead stars.
NASA's Dawn spacecraft shut down its ion propulsion system today as scheduled and now the spacecraft is now gliding toward a Mars flyby in February of next year.
When a treasure hunt comes up empty-handed, the hunters are understandably disappointed. But when astronomers don't find what they are looking for, the defeat can provide as much information as a successful search.
Pluto and its dwarf planet brethren have a new friend. The International Astronomical Union (IAU) announced the name of a new dwarf planet to join the existing four in the solar system. The object previously known as 2003 EL61 is now named Haumea, after the goddess of childbirth and fertility in Hawaiian mythology. The name was decided by members of the International Astronomical Union's Committee on Small Body Nomenclature and the IAU Working Group for Planetary System...
According to researchers, a newly discovered â€œminor planetâ€ may help explain how comets are created.
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...
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