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Scientists Need Help Naming The Largest Unnamed Minor Planet In The Solar System

Scientists announced a campaign to give 2007 OR10, a dwarf planet, a proper name. The public can vote between three preselected names associated with mythological figures from April 9 to May 10, 2019.

Space April 13, 2019

Pink Dwarf Planet Farout Is Most Distant Object In The Solar System

The pink dwarf planet Farout is three and a half times more distant from the sun than Pluto. It also moves so slowly astronomers think it might need more than 1,000 years to orbit the sun.

Space December 19, 2018

NASA Dawn Probe Attempting Closest Pictures Of Dwarf Planet Ceres

NASA will be positioning the Dawn spacecraft to take the closest pictures of the dwarf planet Ceres. This will be Dawn's closest descent to Ceres where it will also collect data on the dwarf planet.

Space June 4, 2018

New Horizons Reveals Pluto Has Dunes Just Like Earth Except They're Not Made Of Sand

More information from New Horizons is showing more characteristics of the dwarf planet Pluto. New data shows that Pluto has dunes just like on Earth, but they're not made of sand.

Space May 31, 2018

NASA Researcher Thinks Pluto Should Be A Planet Again And That Planets Should Be Redefined

Happy day for those out there who think Pluto should be promoted back to planet status. Some scientists at NASA agree. Pluto was demoted to a dwarf planet in 2006.

Space May 8, 2018

Images Taken By Hubble Telescope Reveal Small Moon Orbiting Third-Largest Dwarf Planet

Astronomers discovered a small moon orbiting 2007 OR10 or 'Snow White,' the third-biggest dwarf planet in our solar system. The Hubble Space Telescope took the images that helped astronomers spot the dwarf planet's moon.

Space May 22, 2017

Dwarf Planet Ceres Hiding Many Icy Volcanoes, Says Study

A new study on the dwarf planet Ceres has suggested that Ahuna Mons, the tall, icy volcano standing alone is the result of other peer volcanoes having flattened out after billions of years through a process called 'viscous relaxation.'

Space February 6, 2017

NASA Spitzer, Swift Space Telescopes Pinpoint Location Of Elusive Brown Dwarf

A microlensing event on space tracked by NASA's Spitzer and Swift space telescopes led to the discovery of a brown dwarf planet. Microlensing lights up a distant star due to the gravitational pull of a cosmic object nearby and is useful in tracking low-mass bodies that orbit stars.

Space November 17, 2016

Slushy Ocean Lies Beneath Pluto's Icy Heart: How Does It Affect The Dwarf Planet?

A slushy ocean covered with layers of frozen nitrogen and water ice is likely hidden underneath Pluto’s iconic icy heart, a new study suggests. This subsurface ocean may explain the strange location of one of the dwarf planet’s regions.

Space November 16, 2016

New Dwarf Planet Discovered In The Solar System: A Friend For Pluto?

A new dwarf planet, named as 2014 UZ224 has been discovered and may join the club of five dwarf planets and give company to Pluto. The new dwarf’s discovery has already been confirmed by the International Astronomical Union.

Space October 12, 2016

Hawaiian Telescope Detects New Dwarf Planet Far Beyond Neptune

A new dwarf planet situated in the disk of icy worlds beyond Neptune has been detected by an international team of scientists. The dwarf planet is designated 2015 RR245.

Space July 12, 2016

Bright Spots on Ceres Aren't What They Appear To Be

Ceres contains strange bright spots that astronomers thought they had explained. New analysis of data from the Dawn spacecraft suggests the answer may not be so simple.

Space June 30, 2016

Why Is Dwarf Planet Makemake's Newly Discovered Moon Coal Black?

Astronomers have found that Makemake has a moon, MK 2, that they hope would give important transformative measurements about the dwarf planet. The team also answered why its moon has a coal black surface.

Space April 28, 2016

Bright Crater On Ceres Resembles Stop Sign

The Dawn spacecraft at Ceres has imaged a bright crater, looking like a stop sign, on the surface of the dwarf planet. What makes this feature so unique?

Space April 20, 2016

Pluto May Be Hiding A Vast Ocean Beneath Its Icy Surface, New Horizons Reveals

A giant ocean appears to be hiding under the frozen surface of Pluto. What has the New Horizons revealed about the distant body?

Space April 10, 2016

Strange Changes In Bright Spots Of Ceres - What Is Happening On The Dwarf Planet?

The dwarf planet Ceres is unlike any other body in the asteroid belt, featuring mysterious white spots. Now, astronomers have discovered these odd markings are changing - but why?

Space March 17, 2016

Mysterious Snail-Like Object Spotted On High-Res Photo Of Pluto: What Could It Be?

NASA revealed new high-resolution images of Pluto, including a visual of the dwarf planet's Sputnik Planum region. Look closely and you will see a snail-like object that seems to be trekking on the icy region's surface.

Space January 11, 2016

NASA Seeks Public Help To Solve Dwarf Planet Mystery

As additional information about dwarf planet Ceres are sent back to Earth via NASA's Dawn space probe, experts become more and more baffled. With this, the space agency has announced that it now seeks public help to solve various mysteries.

Space October 1, 2015

Tour Dwarf Planet Ceres And See What The Dawn Spaceraft Spots In This Alien World [Video]

NASA released a new video offering viewers a virtual tour of the dwarf planet Ceres and its strange features including the mountain dubbed "The pyramid" and the mysterious bright spots located at the crater Occator.

Space August 8, 2015

Pluto With A Tail? Is This An Icy Dwarf Or A Disney Character?

Pluto has a tail, New Horizons investigators report. What makes this feature so remarkable?

Space July 20, 2015

Stephen Colbert Begs Neil DeGrasse Tyson To Reinstate Pluto As A Planet

Pluto was the ninth planet when New Horizons launched, but it has since been relegated to the status of a dwarf planet. Stephen Colbert took up the subject with astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson, with hilarious results.

Space July 16, 2015

Multiple Wonders In First Close-Up Photos Of Pluto And Its Moons (Video)

The first images of Pluto and its moons show icy mountains, signs of geological activity and no craters. Some of Pluto's surface is the youngest ever seen in the solar system, scientists say.

Space July 16, 2015

A Whale And Doughnut Discovered On Pluto? Well, Almost

A whale, a doughnut and a heart are all seen on Pluto in the latest images from New Horizons. What else will the spacecraft discover on the dwarf planet?

Space July 9, 2015

NASA Sets Up Website To Gather Votes Regarding Bright Spots On Ceres

The Dawn spacecraft captures images of mysterious white spots on the surface of Ceres. Dawn has been observing the dwarf planet since April 23.

Space April 28, 2015

Why Is Pluto No Longer A Planet? We Explain

Although controversy still surrounds the demotion of Pluto from planet to dwarf planet, scientists had their reasons for changing Pluto's classification. Here's why Pluto is no longer considered a planet.

Geek April 22, 2015

Ceres Mystery Bright Spots Grow Stranger In New Color Images Of Dwarf Planet

The Dawn spacecraft is in orbit around Ceres, exploring that mysterious body in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. What mysteries is the mission answering - and generating - about the dwarf planet?

Space April 13, 2015

NASA Dawn Spacecraft First To Orbit Dwarf Planet Ceres: What Will It Find?

The Dawn spacecraft now obits Ceres, its second target object in the asteroid belt. Scientists hope that the spacecraft would provide answers to the mysteries surrounding the dwarf planet as well as give hints on the beginning of the solar system.

Space March 7, 2015

Second Mysterious Bright Spot Spotted On Ceres: What Could It Be?

Earlier images taken by Dawn spacecraft show a bright spot on the surface of dwarf planet Ceres. The latest images taken on Feb. 19 revealed this bright spot sits beside another bright yet dimmer spot.

Space February 26, 2015

New Horizons Spacecraft Spies Tiny Pluto's Tinier Pair Of Moons. Hello Nix And Hydra

Astronomers get first good look at two of Pluto's five known moons, courtesy of images from the NASA spacecraft. The dwarf planet's moons Nix and Hydra are both less than 100 miles wide.

Space February 22, 2015

Latest Dawn Photos Of Dwarf Planet Ceres Reveal Craters And Mysterious Bright Spots

The latest images of Ceres taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft reveal craters and bright spots in the dwarf planet. Scientists hope that the nature of the bright spots could be unveiled as the probe gets nearer to this extraterrestrial world.

Space February 18, 2015

NASA Dawn Gets Up Close And Personal In Dwarf Planet Ceres Photo Shoot

As NASA's Dawn spacecraft approaches the dwarf planet Ceres, it has captured the best images so far of the largest object in the asteroid belt at a resolution of 8.5 miles per pixel.

Space February 7, 2015

NASA New Horizons Spacecraft Set to Snap Close-ups of Pluto

The New Horizons space probe is ready to take its first photos of Pluto. However, Pluto will only be visible as a speck of light in the first set of images taken by the spacecraft.

Space January 26, 2015

Dawn Photos Capture Dwarf Planet Ceres in Stunning Glory

Dawn's newly captured images of the dwarf planet Ceres may not be as good as those taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, but these already provide scientists with hints on what to expect in the extraterrestrial world.

Space January 21, 2015

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