A new dwarf planet has been found within our solar system beyond Pluto.

What do we currently know about our newest dwarf planet?

The newest dwarf planet has been given the name of 2014 UZ224, and was found within our solar system by scientists beyond Pluto. Officially being 8.5 billion miles (or 13.7 billion kilometers) from the sun, the new dwarf is possibly the third-most farthest object within our solar system. 2014 UZ224 has a diameter of 330 miles (530 kilometers) and it takes around 1,100 Earth years to fully make its course around the sun. That said, scientists believe its exact orbit path is currently unclear.

According to University of Michigan professor David Gerdes, the discovery was made using a Dark Energy Camera, also known as a DECam.

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According to reports, it had taken two years to officially confirm 2014 UZ224’s detection and discovery.

Currently, the other known dwarf planets are Pluto, Eris, Haumea, Makemake, and Ceres. Many celestial bodies (which also includes planets and moons) in our solar system eventually receive their names after deities and similar figures from classical mythology, such as Greek, Roman, or even Polynesian. It can be expected that 2014 UZ224 could receive a similar name change reflecting such a tradition.

Could this discovery lead to the findings of a ninth planet?

While many people may want the discovery of a ninth planet to take the place of Pluto, which was reclassified after Eris was discovered and found to be larger, there is evidence on both sides of the fence on whether such a theoretical planet, usually known as Planet Nine in scientific circles, could even exist.

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The region beyond Neptune, which has been labeled the Kuiper Belt, is mostly believed to contain objects that are smaller than Pluto, but there is speculation that another celestial body close in size to Neptune could be somehow hidden in this territory. According to recent reports, the movement of celestial bodies within our solar system could also suggest the existence of a ninth planet, as it could make it easier for scientists to uncover it. #Space #Science