Kuiper Belt Objects
‘Farfarout’ confirmed to be really, seriously far out
Hubble spies double-star exoplanet in long orbit like hypothetical path of ‘Planet Nine’
Ultima Thule answers – and raises – questions about early solar system
Dwarf planet Haumea’s lunar system smaller than anticipated
Haumea, a dwarf planet on the edge of our solar system, doesn’t have the same kind of moons as its well-known cousin Pluto according to a new study. This is despite original evidence that suggested they both formed in similar giant impacts and adds to the mystery shrouding how these icy bodies formed.
High-speed CHIMERA to scout for Kuiper Belt objects
At the Palomar Observatory near San Diego, astronomers are busy tinkering with a high-tech instrument that could discover a variety of objects both far from Earth and closer to home. The Caltech HIgh-speed Multi-colour camERA (CHIMERA) system is looking for objects in the Kuiper Belt, the band of icy bodies beyond the orbit of Neptune that includes Pluto.