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Simulation of transit of Haumea by its moon Namaka

Filed under pretty pictures, animation, trans-neptunian objects, dwarf planets beyond Neptune

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Simulation of transit of Haumea by its moon Namaka The strangely-shaped Kuiper belt object Haumea has two known moons, Namaka and Hi'iaka. The inner one, Namaka, just happens to be orbiting Haumea in such a geometry that it -- and its shadow -- cross Haumea's disk as viewed from Earth.

Mike Brown / Darin Ragozzine

Original image data dated on or about June 28, 2010

 

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