"The dwarf planet Haumea was discovered in 2004 and named for the Hawaiian goddess of childbirth. It has an unusual oblong shape and is the only trans-Neptunian object with a ring system."
- Irregular Shape (Speed):
"Most dwarf planets are spherical, but Haumea is shaped like an egg. Its rapid spinning, with a full rotation taking just under four hours, gave it this stretched-out, flattened look."
- Giant Collision (Payout):
"Haumea's odd shape and the ice crystals covering its surface lead astronomers to believe that it was created when two giant celestial bodies collided."
- Hydrostatic Equilibrium (Payout):
"A balance of opposing forces, including gravity and centrifugal force, prevent dwarf planets from either imploding or exploding. This is how they maintain a spherical or ellipsoid shape."
- Speed of Light (Speed):
"The speed of light is the rate at which light and all massless particles travel through a vacuum. While it can seen instantaneous from up close, over long distances this speed limit becomes very noticeable. The theory of relativity relates to the speed of light."
- Cosmic Gravity (Payout):
"Gravity is one of the fundamental forces and key to understanding how the universe works. Using Newton's principles, astronomers can explain how stars and planets form, predict their mass and motion, and infer the existence of dark matter."
- Goldilocks Zone (Discount):
"The Goldilocks Zone, also called the Habitable Zone, is the region around a star with conditions necessary for a planet that can sustain life. Planets like Earth, with surface water and breathable atmospheres, might be found in these zones in other systems."
Haumea has two natural satellites, Hi'iaka, and Namaka. Additionally, Haumea also has a ring system. These moons and the ring system are not present in the game.
- Planetary Pugilism (Rank 5):
"Haumea was discovered by two different groups of astronomers in 2005, one in America and the other in Spain. Both claimed the discovery, leading to controversy. Ultimately, it was decided that the Americans had identified the dwarf planet first."
- You Better Watch Out (Rank 8):
"The American astronomers who discovered Haumea initially gave it the codename Santa, as they found it a few days after Christmas."
Real Image and Symbol
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