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Tag Archives: Dwarf Planets
Astronomers say they’ve discovered the most distant body ever observed in our solar system, a potential dwarf planet that’s about 11 billion miles from the sun. Its nickname? “Farout.” The far-out object — which is also known by its more … Continue reading
Dawn is dead, but Dawn is not gone: Today NASA said that the Dawn spacecraft has fallen out of contact with Earth, presumably because it’s run out of the thruster fuel that was used to keep its antennas oriented toward … Continue reading
While searching for a hypothetical Planet Nine, astronomers found a distant mini-world that’s been given a spooky nickname: “The Goblin.” The icy object was found at a distance of about 80 astronomical units from the sun, which translates to 7.4 … Continue reading
Twelve years after the International Astronomical Union voted in a definition of planethood that reclassified Pluto, the debate goes on. A newly published study uses the historical record to take aim at the definition’s most controversial clause: the idea that … Continue reading
It took nine years for NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft to get to Pluto, and laying the groundwork for that history-making space mission here on Earth took nearly twice as long. The drama and intrigue surrounding New Horizons during those decades, as chronicled … Continue reading
Readings from instruments aboard NASA’s Dawn orbiter support the view that a treasure trove of frozen water lies just beneath the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres. Researchers reported those findings today at the American Geophysical Union’s fall meeting San Francisco, … Continue reading