Dwarf Planets

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Dwarf Dwarf Planets

Ceres!  Haumea!  Makemake!  Eris!  Pluto!

Ceres, Haumea, Makemake, Eris and Pluto
Yes, Pluto
Ceres, Haumea, Makemake, Eris and Pluto
Sweet Pluto

Ceres is the only dwarf planet that's closer than Neptune
It is by far the smallest dwarf planet - about 1/100 of the mass of the moon
Haumea is a little bit bigger, but still very small
It's a lot further away, but what's interesting about Haumea is that it
rotates really fast - about once every four hours
And it's kind of all oblong like a football

Ceres, Haumea, Makemake, Eris and Pluto
Lovely Pluto
Ceres, Haumea, Makemake, Eris and Pluto
Inexplicable Pluto

Makemake is the next largest dwarf planet
Along with Pluto and Haumea, it is a part of The Kuiper Belt
The Kuiper Belt is a massive ring of asteroids and bodies that's just past Neptune
Pluto is currently considered to be the largest member of The Kuiper Belt,
but that's not saying much
Everybody knows that Pluto's not even as big as the Earth's moon!

Ceres, Haumea, Makemake, Eris and Pluto
Sweet Pluto
Ceres, Haumea, Makemake, Eris and Pluto
Lovely Pluto
Ceres, Haumea, Makemake, Eris and Pluto

As great as is it to learn about the first five dwarf planets,
it's important to put them into perspective
Three of these five dwarf planets weren't discovered until after the year 2000
Some people think that there might one day be as many as
two hundred dwarf planets in The Kuiper Belt alone -
not to mention the thousands of dwarves that might be out beyond it
When it comes to dwarf planets, we're just getting started!