Experts from the American space Agency NASA has found that space object, which bears the temporary name 2007 OR10, is the third largest dwarf planet in the Solar system and largest of the public to date and has not received final names. Astronomers also presented a small video where you can see this celestial body.
According to the revised data, the diameter of 2007 OR10 is 1535 kilometers, 100 kilometers more than was considered still. It’s a pretty significant difference, and according to experts, it allows more likely to assume that the planet is covered with methane, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen — the outer body is larger, the higher the chance that due to the high gravity, these substances will not be carried out in open space.
The largest dwarf planet out of the open today is Pluto, followed by Eris. 2007 OR10, given the new information settled in third place, followed by Haumea, and Makemake. 2007 OR10, it follows from the first part of its name, was opened in 2007, although officially this was announced two years later. Aerotrevel steel of Michael brown from the Palomar Observatory and David Rabinowitz from Yale University.
According to experts, the new data not only raise the question of what is a large celestial body has already earned the “full” name, but are of considerable interest to astronomers because all this kind of clarification gives scientists the opportunity to learn more about the history of the Solar system
To obtain more accurate information about the dwarf planet 2007 OR10 managed with the help of satellite Herschel telescope operating in the infrared range, and the famous Kepler telescope, which is sometimes called the “catcher of the planets”. “Kepler” was launched on 6 March 2009 and, despite some failures, nearly caused the termination of his work, continues to function so far and is expected to last until 2018. Recently thanks to this telescope also confirmed the existence 1284 planets outside the Solar system, 9 of which are in the habitable zone of their stars.Related posts: