Artist’s impression of the dwarf planet Eris

This artist’s impression shows the distant dwarf planet Eris. New observations have shown that Eris is smaller than previously thought and almost exactly the same size as Pluto. Eris is extremely reflective and its surface is probably covered in frost formed from the frozen remains of its atmosphere. The distant Sun appears to the upper right and both Eris and its moon Dysnomia (centre) appear as crescents.

Credit:

ESO/L. Calçada

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About the Image

Id:eso1142e
Type:Artwork
Release date:26 October 2011, 19:00
Related releases:eso1142
Size:4500 x 3000 px

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Name:(136199) Eris, 3D rendering
Type:• Solar System
• Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Dwarf planet
• X - Illustrations

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