Quaoar


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Noun1.Quaoar - a planetoid discovered in 2002
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Information about a possible occultation of a magnitude 15 star by TNO (50000) Quaoar over Europe and North Africa on 2012 Feb 17 was distributed through the BAA and TA networks, but unfortunately weather conditions prevented a successful monitoring of this event from the UK (and elsewhere).
The dwarf planet Quaoar (kwa-war) and its satellite Weywot present some unusual features.
There is, however, one other dwarf planet that's both red and covered with water ice: Quaoar, which Brown helped discover in 2002.
Slightly smaller than Snow White, Quaoar is still big enough to have had an atmosphere and a surface covered with volcanoes that spewed an icy slush, which then froze solid as it flowed over the surface.
This is not to include their previous finding, Quaoar (42 AU), which has orbit distance more or less near Pluto (39.
Scientists gave a nod to American Indian mythology when they named an icy object found beyond Pluto in 2002 after the Tongva creation deity Quaoar.
One KBO, identified in 2002, has been christened Quaoar, the name the indigenous inhabitants of the Los Angeles Basin gave to the creative force of the universe.
Another large body, Quaoar, which has a diameter of 1,250km, was discovered by the same team behind Sedna two years ago.
Preliminary observations suggest it is 10 per cent larger than 800-mile-wide Quaoar found in 2002.
The discoverers have named the icy chunk Quaoar (KWAH-o-ar) after a Native American deity.
California astronomers announced last month that they have identified Quaoar (KWAH-oh-wahr), the largest celestial object to be detected since the discovery of Pluto.
Discovered by Brown and his colleagues in 2002, Quaoar took center stage at a session of the planetary science meeting in Puerto Rico.