This handout photo released by Nature Publishing group shows an artistic view of Haumea and its ring system with correct proportions for the main body and the ring. (AFP PHOTO /NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP-IAA-CSIC/UHU)
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The planet, dubbed Haumea, orbits the Sun far beyond Neptune -- the eighth and furthest recognized "full" planet in our star system since Pluto was downgraded to dwarf status in 2006 .Named after the Hawaiian goddess of childbirth, it is among a handful of known dwarf planets beyond the orbit of Neptune, which with the other so-called giant planets -- Saturn, Uranus and Jupiter -- all have rings.Centaurs, which have unstable orbits, are considered large comets, not planets, which means this is the first observation of a ring around a dwarf planet.The planet has two moons.
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