Tag Archives: Dwarf Planet

Life’s Possible in 3 New Exoplanets: MIT Team

Three planets orbiting an ultracool dwarf star 40 light years away from Earth could become the next space colony targets with size and temperature comparable to those of Earth and Venus, perhaps the best livable planets found ever. An international team of astronomers from MIT, the University of Liège in Belgium, and elsewhere have detected the three planets using TRAPPIST ...

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NASA New Horizons probe detects ‘polar cap’ on distant dwarf planet Pluto

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft took images of bright and dark regions on Pluto’s surface during its close flyby in mid-July this year revealing broad surface markings including a bright area at one pole that may be a polar cap. “As we approach the Pluto system, we are starting to see intriguing features such as a bright region near Pluto’s visible ...

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Dawn Gets Closer to Dwarf Planet Ceres, Gets Better Snapshots

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, moving closer to Ceres, the dwarf planet, has snapped better and close pictures of this mysterious world. At a resolution of 8.5 miles (14 kilometers) per pixel, the pictures represent the sharpest images to date of Ceres. After the spacecraft arrives and enters into orbit around the dwarf planet, it will study the intriguing world in great detail ...

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