New Horizons location in the Kuiper Belt gives the spacecraft a uniquely oblique view of the small planets like Quaoar
orbiting so far from the sun.
Orcus, smaller and grayer than Quaoar
and 2007 [OR.
The spectrum of 2007 OR10 looks similar to Quaoar
's, suggesting that what happened on Quaoar
also happened on 2007 OR10.
But because Quaoar
isn't as big as dwarf planets like Pluto or Eris, it could not hold onto volatile compounds like methane, carbon monoxide, or nitrogen as long.
5 248 Ixion 800 30-49 250 Varuna 900 43 283 Quaoar
1250 42 288 2002AW197 750 41-53 325 Haumea 1500 35-52 285 Orcus 950 30-48 247 Makemake 1600 38-53 309 ORBITAL NUMBER NAME ECCENTRICITY OF MOONS Pluto 0.
Scientists gave a nod to American Indian mythology when they named an icy object found beyond Pluto in 2002 after the Tongva creation deity Quaoar
One KBO, identified in 2002, has been christened Quaoar
, the name the indigenous inhabitants of the Los Angeles Basin gave to the creative force of the universe.
Another large body, Quaoar
, which has a diameter of 1,250km, was discovered by the same team behind Sedna two years ago.
Preliminary observations suggest it is 10 per cent larger than 800-mile-wide Quaoar
found in 2002.
One comet-like object, Quaoar
, recently found floating out around Pluto, is 800 miles across.
The discoverers have named the icy chunk Quaoar
(KWAH-o-ar) after a Native American deity.
California astronomers announced last month that they have identified Quaoar
(KWAH-oh-wahr), the largest celestial object to be detected since the discovery of Pluto.