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Currently the largest solar system body without an official name. Tops Mike Brown's list of objects most certainly dwarf planets, and the fifth largest dwarf planet. About half its surface is covered in water ice that once spewed from ancient geysers. Nicknamed "Snow White", because it was once thought to have been a piece knocked off of Haumea and presumed white (and the "seventh dwarf" found by Mike Brown's team), it is actually one of the reddest objects known in the solar system. May be covered in a thin layer of methane, remnants of a condensed atmosphere. Spectrum is similar to the smaller Quauar, which also is red with water ice, and lost all its atmosphere to space. This object has almost lost all of its atmosphere. A scattered disk object in 3:10 resonance with Neptune, and currently the second furthest out known other than Eris.

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Ice and Possible Methane Snow Found (Aug 2011)Edit

See also Quaoar

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