Moon Around the Dwarf Planet 2007 OR10

Moon Around the Dwarf Planet 2007 OR10

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News release ID: STScI-2017-18
Release Date: May 18, 2017
Image Use: Copyright
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These two images, taken a year apart, reveal a moon orbiting the dwarf planet 2007 OR10. Each image, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3, shows the companion in a different orbital position around its parent body.

2007 OR10 is the third-largest known dwarf planet, behind Pluto and Eris, and the largest unnamed world in the solar system. The pair is located in the Kuiper Belt, a realm of icy debris left over from the solar system's formation.

The dwarf planet is about 950 miles across; the moon is estimated to be 150 miles to 250 miles in diameter. 2007 OR10, like Pluto, follows an eccentric orbit, but it is currently three times farther than Pluto is from the sun.


Tags
Annotated, Astronomical, Dwarf Planets, Hubble Telescope, Kuiper Belt Objects, Solar System

Credits

NASA, ESA, C. Kiss (Konkoly Observatory), and J. Stansberry (STScI)