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 nearly 43 miles in size.
The discovery is now for the third time since just few years, when scientists found ring around the solar system, which is not planet. The planet Haumea crossed between a star and Earth across Europe, earlier this year in the morning of 21st January, 2017. This allowed the planetary researchers to build a better theory about the size and shape of dwarf planet. The Nature journal disclosed the all the new findings of the planet.
The observations of Haumea were made with twelve different telescopes from ten observatories. European scientists have been expecting that the transit may shed a light on the solar system’s widely distributed member that is orbiting far away than Pluto from the sun.
The collection of the most accurate measurements obtained in the observations of Haumea let the astronomers to count many other properties of the dwarf plane. The factorization in rotation has given them a 3D volume and shape.
A lead researcher from the Spain’s Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia, Jose Ortiz stated that, “Unfortunately, even with the largest telescopes on Earth, and even with the Hubble Space Telescope, we cannot see anything more of Haumea than a dot of light. Now, after finding a ring around Haumea, rings should not come as a surprise anymore. In this case the centrifugal force is so high that material might be able to escape, and even a small collision can trigger a large mass shedding.”