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Quaoar, (pronounced kwah-o-wahr) is a recently discovered Kuiper Belt Object named by Michael Brown and his team of astronomers for the Tongva Native American peoples' creation deity. (Brown, n.d.e.)


This discovery was the largest body found in our solar system since Pluto (1930). That was until Sedna and 2003UB131 came along! Estimated at about 1250km, or 1/2 the size of Pluto, Quaoar ranks high in size, especially for objects found in this remote (42 AU) region of our solar system.


Closer to us than the most distant Sedna , Quaoar is 6 billion kilometers away! Michael Brown and his team from CalTech only looked at 5% of the Kuiper Belt before finding Quaoar. It's likely there are more bodies like this one out there! Read more about the astronomical Quaoar . . .



Mythology: Like many creation myths the story of Quaoar begins with Chaos. That's all there is! Then Quaoar sings and dances 'life' into existence. His first creation is 'Weywot' , or 'Father Sky' and then he dances in 'Chehooit' or Mother Earth. Now the three together sing and dance in more and more complex deities and creatures, each new creation joining in. Soon not only these 'lesser gods' are brought into existence, but so are all the plants and tress and animals and people. Quaoar, his work apparently done, then retreats from the created universe. (Saunders & Ramsey, 2006)


The resemblance to ancient Greeks Hesiod's rendition of creation makes an interesting comparison.


In truth at first Chaos came to be, but next wide-bosomed Earth, the ever-sure foundation of al the deathless ones who hold the peaks of snowy Olympus, and dim Tartarus in the depth of the wide-pathed Earth, [120] and Eros (Love), fairest among the deathless gods. (Hesiod theo.120)


Here we have Eros, who 'causes all things to mingle' bringing about the race of birds and plants and people.


In the Hindu tradition there are also striking resemblances to the creation, out of chaos, of the gods and the life of the universe. Read more mythology . . .