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Image 1 - Astronomers Size-Up Dwarf Planet Eris
2011-10-27 06:46:19

The European Southern Observatory announced on Wednesday that astronomers have accurately measured the diameter of the dwarf planet Eris for the first time.

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2007-06-14 13:00:00

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has teamed up with the W.M. Keck Observatory to precisely measure the mass of Eris, the largest member of a new class of dwarf planets in our solar system. Eris is 1.27 times the mass of Pluto, formerly the largest member of the Kuiper Belt of icy objects beyond Neptune.

2005-10-02 11:51:59

By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Xena, the possible 10th planet in our solar system, has its own moon, a dim little satellite called Gabrielle, its discoverers reported.

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2005-10-02 00:55:00

The astronomers who claim to have discovered the 10th planet in the solar system have another intriguing announcement: It has a moon. The moon discovery is important because it can help scientists determine the new planet's mass.


Word of the Day
pawl
  • A pivoted catch designed to fall into a notch on a ratchet wheel so as to allow movement in only one direction (e.g. on a windlass or in a clock mechanism), or alternatively to move the wheel in one direction.
The word 'pawl' probably comes from a Latin word meaning 'stake'.
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