Rings Of Quaoar

An illustration showing the frigid distant world Quaoar, orbiting in our solar system beyond Pluto, surrounded by its newly discovered ring, along with its moon Weywot. ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO/Handout via REUTERS

The small distant world called Quaoar, named after a god of creation in Native American mythology, is producing some surprises for astronomers as it orbits beyond Pluto in the frigid outer reaches of our solar system.

Researchers said on Wednesday they have detected a ring encircling Quaoar akin to the one around the planet Saturn. But the one around Quaoar defies the current understanding of where such rings can form – located much further away from it than current scientific understanding would allow.

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