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(136108 Haumea)
(dwarf planet discovered in 2004)

Haumea (136108 Haumea) is a presumed dwarf planet discovered in 2004. Its radius is roughly 780 km, its mass about a third that of Pluto, and its rotation period is 3.9 hours: the shortest of any known body of at least its size within the solar system. Its orbit is somewhat similar to Pluto's: eccentric, ranging roughly from 35 AU to 52 AU and with an orbital inclination of 24° from the ecliptic. Current thought is that it does not share an orbital resonance with Neptune. Two moons and a ring have been detected.

(minor planet,KBO,TNO,eccentricity)
Further reading:
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Referenced by pages:
dwarf planet
Kuiper Belt (K Belt)
trans-Neptunian object (TNO)