Trivia

Hard

The Largest Dwarf Planet In Our Solar System Is?

Haumea
Ceres
Eris
Pluto

Answer: Eris

Just because a planet is tiny doesn’t mean it can’t cause a ruckus. In 2005, the dwarf planet Eris was discovered by a Palomar Observatory-based team led by astronomer Mike Brown and its discovery touched off a debate that extended well beyond the realms of scientific meetings and papers.

NASA initially described Eris as the tenth planet in our solar system as it orbits the sun and is 27 percent larger than Pluto. After Eris’ discovery, however, a veritable flood of discoveries of other trans-Neptunian objects called into question whether or not Pluto and its newly discovered neighbors out in the far reaches of our solar system should even be considered planets.

The International Astronomical Union revised their definition of what constitutes a planet, created a new class for planets like Pluto, dwarf planets, and in the process raised the ire of the general public who had been taught since the 1930s that Pluto was one of the nine main planets in our solar system.

Given how much of an uproar Eris caused by triggering the demotion of Pluto, it’s extremely appropriate that it is named after the goddess Eris, the personification of chaos, strife, and discord.

Trivia

Easy

“Silverbacks” Are Not A Distinct Species Of Gorilla, The Name Is A Designation Of?

Trivia

Hard

At The Turn Of The 17th Century The Most Popular Drink In Britain Was?

Trivia

Easy

Which Mental Disorder Is Named After A 1990s Movie?

Trivia

Hard

The Bird Of Prey With The Largest Natural Geographic Range Is The?

Trivia

Easy

What Previously Necessary Computer Tool Is Considered A Novelty?

Trivia

Hard

The First Comic Book Superhero To Get Rebooted Into A New Character Was?

Trivia

Hard

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Funded An Expedition To Find What?

Trivia

Hard

The V In DVD Stands For What?

Trivia

Hard

Airport Code For The Airport Closest To Oracle’s World Headquarters Is?

Trivia

Easy

Despite Their Massive Size, Which Of These Animals Only Lives A Few Years?