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FSI Participates in the Discovery of a Ringed World

In the early morning hours of January 21, 2017, many professional and amateur astronomers were pointing their telescopes to a star in the constellation Boötes (The Herdsman) with the unwieldy name of URAT1 533-182543, a typical star that had not inspired any special interest up until that very moment. So what happened on that day to place the star in the spotlight? …

 

If you want to know more, read the story here from our soon to be a post-doctoral researcher at the Florida Space Institute at UCF, Estela Fernández-Valenzuela, coauthor of this amazing discovery:

 

https://planets.ucf.edu/category/uncategorized/

 

Details can be found in the Nature Publication

 “The size, shape, density, and ring of the dwarf planet Haumea from a stellar occultation,” Nature 550, 219–223