ESOcast 211 Light: ESO Telescope Reveals What Could be the Smallest Dwarf Planet in the Solar System

Astronomers using the SPHERE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope have revealed that the asteroid Hygiea could be a dwarf planet. Find out more about this fascinating object in the new ESOcast Light.

The video is available in 4K UHD.

The ESOcast Light is a series of short videos bringing you the wonders of the Universe in bite-sized pieces. The ESOcast Light episodes will not be replacing the standard, longer ESOcasts, but complement them with current astronomy news and images in ESO press releases.

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Directed by: Herbert Zodet.
Editing: Herbert Zodet.
Web and technical support: Gurvan Bazin and Raquel Yumi Shida.
Written by: Vanessa Emeka-Okafor and Bárbara Ferreira.
Music: tonelabs (www.tonelabs.com) – Expect The Unexpected.
Footage and photos: ESO, P. Sěveček/Charles University, P. Vernazza et al./MISTRAL algorithm (ONERA/CNRS), Space Engine (spaceengine.org) and C. Malin (christophmalin.com).
Scientific consultants: Paola Amico and Mariya Lyubenova.

About the Video

Id:eso1918a
Release date:28 October 2019, 17:00
Related releases:eso1918
Duration:01 m 19 s
Frame rate:25 fps

About the Object

Name:Hygiea
Type:Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Dwarf planet
Category:ESOcast
Solar System

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