The Astronomy and Astrology of the
Dwarf Planets & Minor Planets
of the Kuiper Belt & Oort Cloud

Nick Anthony Fiorenza

Dwarf Planets & Minor Planets of the Kuiper Belt & Oort Cloud

Trans-Neptunian Objects

Objects lying outside the orbit of Neptune are called "Trans-Neptunian Objects" (TNOs). So TNOs include those of the Kuiper Belt as well as those further distant in the Oort Cloud, like Sedna. Chart by NASA

Dwarf Planets and Minor Planets of the Kuiper Belt & Oort Cloud that have been named include: Pluto & Orcus, Haumea & Makemake; Eris, Quaoar, Ixion, Varuna & Sedna. Pending are 2007 OR10, which is the third largest of the Dwarf Planets yet unnamed., and 2012 VP113, temporarily named Biden, discovered near Sedna in 2012.

There are currently five Dwarf Planets: Ceres, Pluto, Haumea, Makemake, and Eris.

Links to individual articles about each one are listed below.
Recently added articles (2017): 2007 OR10 and 2014 MU69.

These objects lie beyond the orbit of Neptune and have orbital inclinations that cut through the plane of our solar system. This is a trait they have in common and one that makes them unique compared to the main planets in our solar system. This suggests they tend to intercede in our lives and in the fundamental workings of our consciousness.

Kuiper Belt Dwarf Planet & Asteroid oribts

The principles outlined in Exploring the Astrology of Newly Discovered Objects in Our Solar System are often applied in the articles below. You may wish to read that first.

Links to the Dwarf Planet Articles (with brief abstracts)

Pluto & Orcus

Although Orcus is a bit smaller than Pluto, Orcus has a nearly identical orbital size, orbital period (year), and orbital inclination, and it has a moon like Pluto. However, Orcus' orbital plane's orientation in our solar system is tilted in the opposite direction from Pluto's. Orcus is clearly Pluto's compliment. Due to their complimentary relationship, I present them together to reveal their astrological similarities and differences. Orcus was discovered on Feb 19, 2004 by Mike Brown, a professor of planetary science at the California Institute of Technology, and colleagues Chad Trujillo and David Rabinowitz. Pluto, of course, was discovered in 1930 from the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff Arizona.

Haumea & Makemake

Due to the similar orbits and sizes of Haumea and Makemake, I discuss them together on this web page. Haumea was discovered on Dec 28, 2004 by Mike Brown of CalTech using the Keck Observatory in Hawaii. Makemake was discovered on March 31, 2005 also by Mike Brown; Haumea is the goddess of childbirth and fertility in Hawaiian mythology. Haumea has two moons, called Hi'iaka (discovered on Jan 26, 2005) and Namaka (discovered Nov 7, 2005), both discovered by Mike E. Brown, A.H. Bouchez, and the Keck Observatory Adaptive Optics teams. Makemake was discovered on March 31, 2005, also by Mike Brown. Makemake is the Polynesian name for the creator god of humanity found in the mythology of the South Pacific island of Rapa Nui (Easter Island).

Eris (2003 UB313)

Eris was discovered in Cetus, the Technobureaucratic Monster of Collective Human Consciousness on Jan 5, 2005 by Mike Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David Rabinowitz. Eris is larger than Pluto. Eris has and extreme orbital inclination as well as a greater eccentric orbit and is slower moving than Pluto—suggesting it may cut through our consciousness in an even sharper, more intense and dramatic way than Pluto, but in a longer process. Eris's year is equivalent to 560 Earth years, whereas Pluto's is about 248. Eris was responsible for the formation of the new "Dwarf Planet" classification and the reclassification of Pluto and Ceres—which caused quite an commotion in both the astronomical and astrological communities.

Quaoar (2002 LM60)

Quaoar (pronounced kwah-whar) was the name given to the "creation force" by the Native American Tongva tribe who were the original inhabitants of the Los Angeles basin in Southern California. Quaoar was discovered by Mike Brown and Chad Trujillo in a digital image taken on June 4, 2002 from the Palomar Observatory 48-inch Oschin telescope in California. Names are often taken from the mythology native to the places where they were discovered. Quaoar is about 1,138 kilometers in diameter—about one-tenth the diameter of Earth, about half the size of Pluto, and larger than the four primary asteroids combined. Quaoar has an orbital period of 287.53 years, orbiting the Sun in a near perfect circle and it has the smallest orbital inclination of the objects discovered so far, lending to its rather harmonious nature.

Varuna - 2000

Varuna is the all-knowing creator god in the mythology of India: "He knows the pathway of the wind" (Rig Veda, the oldest of the Vedas and the oldest book in Sanskrit). Varuna upholds cosmic law (not man's law) and a path of order. Varuna is considered to be the protector of people, keeping them from evil.

Varuna was detected on November 28. 2000 by Arizona-based astronomers in the Spacewatch Project, led by David Jewitt of the Institute of Astronomy in Honolulu. Varuna has an estimated diameter around 900 kilometers, which makes it slightly smaller than Charon (Pluto's moon). Its orbital period is 282.04 years with an orbital inclination of 17.181°.

Varuna was discovered when it was making passage in sidereal Gemini, near the foot of Castor but conjoining the principal star Alhena, the foot of Pollux.

Ixion - 2001 KX76

Ixion was discovered on May 22, 2001 in sidereal Scorpio, on the left foot of Ophiuchus and over the head of the Scorpion. Ixion was discovered by a group of American astronomers lead by Robert L. Millis of the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. Ixion is similar in size to Ceres. Ixion's orbital period is 250.05 years and it has a 19.598° orbital inclination. (Information about Ceres can be found on the Main Asteroids web page.)

Sedna (2003 BV12)

Set aloft in the cold icy distant Oort Cloud, Sedna makes her presence known.

A quote from NASA: "In March 2004, a team of astronomers announced the discovery of a planet-like object, or planetoid, orbiting the Sun at an extreme distance, in the coldest known region of our solar system. Mike Brown, along with Doctors Chad Trujillo of the Gemini Observatory in Hawaii and David Rabinowitz of Yale University, New Haven, Conn., originally found the "planetoid" on November 14, 2003, using the 48-inch Samuel Oschin Telescope at Caltech's Palomar Observatory near San Diego. Within days, the object was observed by telescopes in Chile, Spain, Arizona and Hawaii, and soon after, NASA's new Spitzer Space Telescope looked for it."

The planetoid was named Sedna, an Inuit goddess who lives at the bottom of the frigid Arctic ocean. Sedna approaches the Sun only briefly during its 10,772-year solar orbit, but never travels inside the Kuiper Belt. Sedna curiously has a peculiar reddish color, like that of Mars. Sedna was discovered south of the ecliptic in Cetus, just past the jaws of ole' Cetus (Menkar) in late sidereal Aries.

2007 OR10

2007 OR10 is the third largest of the current dwarf planets. It is the largest unnamed body in our solar system, but expected to be named in 2017. It was discovered by astronomers Meg Schwamb, Mike Brown and David Rabinowitz on July 17, 2007 in Aquarius, where it currently resides.

2009 YE7

2009 YE7 was discovered by David Rabinowitz on December 17, 2009 at the La Silla Observatory in Chile. 2009 YE7. Mike Brown suggests that 2009 YE7 is a remnant of Haumea, thus 2009 YE7 is Haumea's offspring, like her two moons. A preliminary exploration of 2009 YE7 is presented, including 2009 YE7's discovery star chart. 2009 YE7 was discovered in Eridanus near the stars Beid, Zurak and Rana, and its discovery location enters the ecliptic in the first degree of sidereal Taurus, conjoining Algol of Perseus.

2014 MU69

The distant Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69 would not normally be of particular interest, nor is it a Dwarf Planet candidate due to its rather tiny size, nor even of interest astrologically. However, it is now because the New Howrizons' spacecraft, which recently made is close encounter with Pluto, providing unprecedented images and data about Pluto, will make a close encounter flyby with 2014 MU69 in early 2019.

The Transcultural Planets

"Transcultural Planets" is not (yet) a formal astrological classification (to my knowledge), but a phrase I use to describe the far distant planets being discovered with orbits similar to that of Sedna in a region of our solar system called the Inner Oort Cloud. Sedna was discoverd in 2003. As of 2017, there are at least 28 known objects with orbits similar to Sedna's, now called "extreme trans-Neptunian objects" or ETNOs in the astronomical community.

Is a Ninth Planet Responsible for the orbits of Sedna and the Transcultural Planets?

Astronomers Mike Brown and Konstantin Batygin present a hypothesis based upon "computer modeling" that a large planet "could be responsible" for the orbital perturbations of six recently discovered smaller distant minor planets (Sedna, 2012 VP113, etc.)


2012 VP113 (temporarily named Biden) is the second minor planet discovered after Sedna, in the same distant region of our solar system. 2012 VP113 was discovered in 2012 by Chadwick Trujillo, an astronomer at Gemini Observatory in Hilo, Hawaii, and Scott Sheppard, an astronomer of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington DC.