Dwarf Planets, Illustration

Dwarf Planets, Illustration

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Credit: Spencer Sutton/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Dwarf planets. Six dwarf planets in a row showing their comparative sizes. From left to right: Moon, Eris, Pluto, Haumea, Makemake, Ceres. A dwarf planet is an object that fails to dominate its orbit around the Sun (unlike a true planet), but which still has an independent orbit (unlike moons), and is large enough to be spherical due to gravity.

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Keywords: annotated, art, artwork, astronomical, astronomy, astrophysical, astrophysics, candidate dwarf planets, celestial mechanics, ceres, dwarf planet, eris, haumea, illustration, info-graphic, info-graphics, infographic, infographics, information graphics, makemake, moon, planet, planetary, planetary science, pluto

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