The Solar System’s Black Sheep

Katherine Graves, Copy Desk Chief~

Astronomers may have identified our solar system’s seventh dwarf planet, 2014 UZ224, informally called “DeeDee” meaning “Distant Dwarf.” Most people are aware of the classification-debated dwarf planet Pluto, but our solar system contains five other confirmed dwarf planets that are arguably rarely discussed.

Dwarf planets are similar to planets except the gravity of dwarf planets is not enough to clear their orbits of lesser objects, such as asteroids, according to Space.com.

Our known dwarf planets are Pluto, Ceres, Makemake, Haumea, Eris and 2007 OR10. Read More