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In Our Solar System’s Dark Deep Freeze, Poor Pluto Is Much Too Cold

    In Our Solar System’s Dark Deep Freeze, Poor Pluto Is Much Too Cold By Judith E Braffman-Miller In the dark, distant, and mysterious outer fringe of our Solar System, the dwarf planet Pluto dwells with a multitude of others of its frozen kind–circling our Star in a domain of everlasting twilight. Astronomers are only now first beginning to…

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Ring Around Haumea: Pluto’s Peculiar Neighbor

Ring Around Haumea: Pluto’s Peculiar Neighbor By Judith E Braffman-Miller Far from our fiery Star, and well-hidden from our view in a distant region of perpetual twilight, there lies a belt composed of icy, frozen objects. Located beyond the orbit of the deep-blue, banded, ice-giant planet, Neptune–the most distant known major planet from our Sun–this myriad of strange objects, composed…

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A Moon For A Small World

In our Solar System’s outer limits, far from the melting heat and warm, welcoming fires of our Sun, there is a mysterious swath of space situated in the frigid murkiness of a perpetual twilight. This is the Kuiper Belt, a remote region where a multitude of icy comet nuclei and other frozen objects orbit our distant Star. Here, in the deep freeze of our Solar System’s far suburbs, the ice dwarf planet Pluto and its quintet of moons do their strange distant dance along with a treasure trove of others of their frozen kind. Indeed, the Kuiper Belt is so far away that astronomers are only now first beginning to explore this shadowy region–unveiling, at last, many of its well-kept secrets. In May 2017, astronomers announced that they had uncovered yet another of this dimly lit domain’s many mysteries–there is a little frozen moon in orbit around 2007 OR10, which is the third-largest known dwarf planet in the Kuiper Belt..

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The Mystery Of The Vanishing Ice Volcanoes

The Mystery Of The Vanishing Ice Volcanoes By Judith E Braffman-Miller Strange things happen in our Solar System–things that do not occur on Earth, and are decidedly alien and unfamiliar to us. Take the dwarf planet Ceres, for example. This small, spherical denizen of the Main Asteroid Belt, located between Mars and Jupiter, apparently has had, in the past, odd…

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