Ceres, Eris, Haumea, Makemake, and the Controversy on Pluto

By wintercool612

Eris
‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Named after Eris, the Greek Goddess of strife 419 million km (2.8 AU) from the Sun 14466114095.82 km from Earth 2,397 km in diameter 2 Orbital period of 557 years or 2.135 m/s Rotation time is 1.08 days Temperature ranges from 30 to 55 degrees Kelvin

Eris (Continued)
‡ 1.67±0.02 × 10 22 kg in mass ‡ Half of Eris is covered in pure methane ice ‡ When Eris is far away from the sun it is completely frozen. ‡ As Eris comes closer to the sun it¶s atmosphere is made of methane and nitrogen. ‡ Acceleration due to gravity is 0.61m/s ‡ Density is 2.25 g/cm3 ‡ Eris only has one moon; Dysnomia

Ceres
‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Named after Ceres, Roman Goddess of Plants 446,000,000 km (2.98 AU) from the Sun 270,400,000 km from Earth 950 km in diameter Revolution time is 0.3781 days Orbital period is 4.6 years The temperature on Ceres is exactly 176 degrees Kelvin

Ceres (Continued)
‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Ceres has a mass of 9.43 ± 0.07 × 10 kg It¶s surface is similar to C-type asteroids 2 Acceleration due to gravity is 0.27m/s 3 It¶s density 2.077 ± 0.036 g/cm Ceres doesn¶t have any moons
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Haumea
‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Named after Haumea the matron goddess of the island Hawaii 6482823726.394 km (43.335 AU) from the Sun 5108318490.486 km from Earth 250 km in diameter Rotation period is 3 hours and 55 minutes It¶s temperature is 32 degrees Kelvin
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‡ 4.2 x 1021 is the mass 3 ‡ It¶s density is 2.6 - 3.3 g/cm ‡ Haumea has the moons: Hi¶iaka and Namaka

Makemake
‡ Named after the creator of humanity to the native people of Easter Island ‡ 6850236096.812 km(45.791 AU) from the Sun ‡ 5609920150.912 km from Earth ‡ Revolution time is 309.88 years ‡ 1,300 - 1,900 km in diameter 21 ‡ 4 x 10 km in mass 3 ‡ It¶s density is 2,000 kg/m ‡ Temperature is 30 degrees Kelvin ‡ It¶s composition is mainly ice and rock ‡ Makemake doesn¶t have any moons

Controversy on Pluto
‡ Pluto was a planet for quite some time, until the requirements for planets were changed. Pluto isn¶t considered a planet because it doesn¶t meet the requirement: ³It must have cleared the neighborhood around its orbit.´ However it does meet the other requirements of being a planet. It is still loved as a planet to some people.

Bibliography
‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eris_(dwarf_planet) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceres_%28dwarf_planet%29 http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_far_is_Ceres_from_the_Earth http://www.unit-conversion.info/length.html http://www.scribd.com/doc/16208839/Dwarf-Planets http://www.solstation.com/stars/ceres.htm http://www.unitarium.com/speed http://www.johnstonsarchive.net/astro/astmoons/am-136199.html http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_temperature_of_Eris http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2007A%26A...471..331D http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_in_eris%27s_atmosphere http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A55393608 http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_revolution_time_of_Ceres http://wiki.answers.com/Q/FAQ/5814 http://www.windows2universe.org/our_solar_system/dwarf_planets/haumea_ statistics.html http://ezinearticles.com/?Makemake-the-Dwarf-Planet&id=3926375 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pluto#Classification http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2009/08/ferguson-obama-felixthe-cat-and-pluto/23412/ http://www.backtowild.com/2007/09/28/facts-about-pluto/ http://www.astronet.ru/db/xware/msg/1228763/makemake_nasa_big.jpg.html

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