Haumea

Haumea

The fast rotating dwarf planet, Haumea (artist's impression)
Credit: Stephanie Hoover

Haumea (pronounced how-may-a) is a rugby ball-shaped dwarf planet that was discovered in December 2004.


Dwarf Planets

In addition to the eight planets in our Solar System, there are a number of Dwarf Planets that do not meet all the criteria required to be a full-blown planet, in the sense that they are not large enough to have cleared their orbits of other similar objects.