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Asteroid Hygiea Likely The Smallest Dwarf Planet Within The Solar System

The asteroid Hygiea might be certified as a dwarf planet and thus, can filch the tag of the smallest dwarf planet within the Solar System. High-resolution images have been snapped by astronomers of Hygiea, the 4th-biggest rock within the Asteroid Belt. And well, Hygiea is globular in shape, which is a pretty significant dwarf-planet indicator, and to date, the only one Hygiea was left. Asteroids come in different shapes, though the spherical structure of dwarf planets represents that they had sufficient bulk for its own gravity to drag it into this spherical structure. Already Hygiea has fulfilled the other conditions for dwarf-planet categorization as it revolves the Sun, has not cleared other bodies out of its own orbit, or is not a moon revolving around another planet.

The size of Hygiea was constrained by the astronomers’ team, directed by researcher Pierre Vernazza from the Laboratoired’ Astrophysique de Marseille, France. They also gauged the diameter of the asteroid to be just more than 267 Miles. The asteroid is less than 1/5th the width of Pluto, its most well-known cousin, that has a diameter of around 1,491 Miles. So far, the tag of the smallest dwarf planet is held by Ceres, with a diameter of around 590 Miles. Before Hygiea can be formally designated as a dwarf planet, the International Astronomical Union must assess all the facts and take a vote.

Likewise, the Lucy mission of NASA—that is set to be the foremost space mission to examine the Trojan asteroids—fruitfully accomplished its critical design assessment. As per NASA, the team members of Lucy represented the final mission design, displaying that they have surpassed the mission’s technical challenges and were prepared to begin the crafting of actual hardware. The Trojan asteroids revolve around the Sun at an expanse of Jupiter. The Lucy mission is scheduled for liftoff in October 2021.

Manuel Conyers
Contributing Author At News Magazine 24

Manuel is a former Project Assistant at an admired Astrophysics Institute. He has studied M. Sc. in Particle and Astrophysics and past experience of 4 Years there. Manuel looks after the science domain and manages articles and blogs for our organization. In free time, he prefers to attend conferences and workshops on various scientific research and studies. Manuel is brilliant with his aptitude and logical skills.

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