Is Hygiea now the smallest dwarf planet?

This is the best view yet of asteroid Hygiea in the main asteroid belt, from ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT). Hygiea is now seen to be nearly spherical, meaning it could possibly be classified as a dwarf planet. Image via ESO /P. Vernazza et al./MISTRAL algorithm (ONERA/CNRS). The dwarf […]

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