Astronomers have made an unexpected discovery about Haumea, a mysterious dwarf planet on the edge of our solar system. It has a ring around it. It has a ring around it. Until now, such rings had only been found around the four giant, outer planets -- Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. "It is the first time a ring has been discovered around a trans-Neptunean object (an object further away from the sun than Neptune)," José Luis Ortiz, researcher at the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC), whose study of Haumea was published in "Nature" on Wednesday, said in a press release.
The early universe was filthy. That much can be garnered from a new detection of cosmic dust in a galaxy whose light reaches us from when the universe was only 600 million years old.