dwarf planets

Moons are Planets too

If we define planets as worlds that are geologically complex, then some moons are planets too.

9 months ago

Uranus’ Moons are Surprisingly Similar to Dwarf Planets in the Kuiper Belt

Astronomer William Herschel discovered Uranus—and two of its moons—230 years ago. Now a group of astronomers working with data from…

2 years ago

Just discovered! “Farout”, the Farthest Object Ever Seen in the Solar System

Astronomers have discovered a distant body that's more than 100 times farther from the Sun than Earth is. Its provisional…

4 years ago

Dwarf Planet Haumea Has a Ring

A unique opportunity to study the dwarf planet Haumea has led to an intriguing discovery: Haumea is surrounded by a…

5 years ago

Weekly Space Hangout – May 19, 2017: Eric Fisher of Labfundr

Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Special Guest: Eric Fisher is the head of Labfundr, a Canadian crowdsourcing platform for science research…

5 years ago

Confirmed: Ceres Has a Transient Atmosphere

Sometimes they see it, sometimes they don’t. That’s why scientists have never been completely sure if Ceres has an atmosphere…

5 years ago

Haumean Moons Deepen The Dwarf Planet Mystery

Pluto and Haumea have long been thought of as cousins. But a new study highlights Haumea's lack of small, icy…

6 years ago

2007 OR10 Needs A Name. We Suggest Dwarfplanet McDwarfplanetyface

Astronomers using the Kepler spacecraft and data from the Herschel Space Observatory have given us a revealing glimpse of dwarf…

6 years ago

Dark Moon Discovered Orbiting Dwarf Planet Makemake

Planetary scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have spotted a dark mini-moon orbiting the distant dwarf planet Makemake. The moon,…

6 years ago

Dawn Just Wants To Make All The Other Probes Look Bad

The team in charge of NASA's Dawn mission have asked to extend the spacecraft's journey to a third destination.

6 years ago