Astronomers have discovered a dwarf planet in the Solar system ring

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Researchers have recently discovered a potato shaped, dwarf planet "Haumea", which is one of the four diminutive planets, which circle the sun beyond the Neptune orbit that is surrounded with a ring of materials almost 43 miles in size. Haumea, on the other hand, is roughly six times bigger than Chariklo, making it way smaller than our Moon but now the fifth-largest object in the solar system to have a ring, after Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.

As the researchers suggest in their new work, published Wednesday, Oct. 11, in the journal Nature, ring systems in the outer Solar System are not uncommon. She also reiterated that we can intercept supplemental ring associated discoveries in the future. This ring system suggests that the small bodies around the weird planet could also host rings-and this poses a great challenge for visiting spacecrafts.

Because these comparatively miniature bodies are eons away and are hard to perceive them from even the most advanced telescope. It seems that scientists keep discovering other objects - and not planets - that are being rounded by rings. We know the dwarf planet itself reflects about half the sunlight that shines on it, and that it doesn't have an atmosphere.

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Astronomers discovered the first-known "egg" that later became an official dwarf planet, called "Haumea" to have unexpected thin ring-like bands made up of particles and debris, circling around it.

Haumea is not the only dwarf planet beyond the orbit of Neptune. As a result, the team was able to pick up certain things about the dwarf planet, including the possibility of having a ring. The occultation that led to this revelation was a network of 12 telescopes spread across 10 locations in central Europe that watched Haumea pass between Earth and the star "URAT1 533-1825". The most surprising item learned was that it has rings. Ortiz estimates that about a quarter of bodies in the outer solar system might have rings around them, although he stresses that this is still "pure speculation" for now.

"Haumea's largest axis is at least 2,322 kilometres, larger than previously thought, implying an upper limit for its density of 1,885 kilograms per cubic metre and a geometric albedo of 0.51, both smaller than previous estimates", the Nature paper says.