A small planet in our solar system that lies beyond Neptune, and is considered a dwarf planet, has a ring. Until today, in our solar system, the well-known rings, such as those on Saturn, had only been detected on planets of a certain size, but never on the dwarf planet type, so the discovery is exciting.
The rings, to this day, had only been detected in four planets of our Solar System, Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and Saturn, and the discovery of the ring of Haumea brings a new light to astronomers.
There are thousands of objects known as Neptunians, which are located in the outer region of our Solar System, and in 2006, scientists revalued that part of these celestial bodies, could have dimensions even similar to those of Pluto, which created the category of Dwarf Planets .
Recognized by the International Astronomical Union in 2008, Haumea has joined the list of dwarf planets in our Solar System, to which Pluto, Ceres, Eris, and Makemake all belong, all planets beyond Neptune, at least 50 times farther away than the planet Earth is from the Sun.
The planet has earned its name from the Hawaiian birth goddess Haumea and has the unusual shape of a rugby ball, also having an extremely fast rotation of only 3.9 hours, and a diameter of about one-third the size of the moon.
The dwarf planets are already by themselves, quite unique, but the Haumea is highlighted very much thanks to its ring, but not only, thanks also to its two Moons, one bigger than the other, and the bigger one is in the same line of the ring of this.
It is incredible, as we can still detect in our Solar System, new and unexpected things, emphasizing once more, the little that we know of the same, and also of the universe in general.