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Scientists detect a potato-shaped dwarf planet having rings

12 Oct 2017, 07:31 UTC
Scientists detect a potato-shaped dwarf planet having rings IAA-CSIC/UHU
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With the help of improved instruments and advanced space technology, scientists are now able to far stretch their exploration. We are now able to see beyond our solar system, and a recent research has surprisingly found out a potato-shaped dwarf planet, which has rings.
The study reveals that astronomers have discovered a ring of particles surrounding a small, distant dwarf planet at the edge of the solar system. The name of the dwarf planet is Haumea (named after a Hawaiian goddess) and it has got an odd, squashed egg-like shape. Haumea is one of just five officially recognized dwarf planets in the Solar System, but it’s the only one we know of to have its very own ring.
Actually, the observations suggest that Haumea is larger than it was expected and that means the gravity has not yet pulled it into a stable rounded shape. But still, scientists have defined it as a dwarf planet owing to its size and its location. In 2014, the same group of astronomers discovered two thin rings around a smaller, minor planet called Chariklo that orbits between Jupiter and Neptune and now they have again discovered rings present on a dwarf planet. So, this ...

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