Last time we looked at the amazing satellites surrounding Pluto. This time around we’ll take a look at the moons of the rest of the dwarf planets in our Solar System, along with the parent bodies themselves. As you see, they might be small, but that doesn’t mean they’re not interesting.
1. So – which particular places will we be looking at?
Today we’ll take a look at Ceres, Orcus, Quaoar, , Makemake, Haumea, Sedna and Eris.
FACT: Eris is the largest known body in the solar system not to have been visited by a spacecraft.
10. And finally
Sedna is due to reach perihelion in 2075-76 providing an opportunity of study unavailable for the next 12,000 years! A planned mission to visit Eris on either April 2032 or April 2044 will take 24 years to get there.
Weird to think it’ll take longer to get there than some of you reading this have been alive, eh?
But that’s what makes our small Solar System so fascinating.
So there we go. That’s our brief look at the wonderful world of the dwarf planets and their Moons.
Next time, we’ll move on to take a closer look at the Main Asteroid Belt and see what we can find there.
I can’t wait to see you then…