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  1. #1 Tenth Planet Found 
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    Astronomers have found a tenth planet, larger than Pluto and nearly three times farther from the sun as Pluto is today.

    Temporarily designated 2003 UB313, the new planet is the most distant object yet seen in the solar system, 97 times farther from the sun than the Earth. It also is the largest body yet found orbiting in the Kuiper belt, the group of icy bodies including Pluto which orbit beyond Neptune.

    Like Pluto, 2003 UB313 is covered by methane ice, and at its present distance is chilled to just 30°C above absolute zero, says Mike Brown, the Caltech astronomer who announced the discovery on Friday. The sleep-deprived father of a three-week-old daughter, Brown said the discovery was "almost as exciting as having a new baby."
    http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn7763

    Cool! We should name it Bob! I guess this shows that humans are still in the dark ages, in a way. I mean, we've just gone from nine planets to ten planets. It's odd. 2003 UB313.... what are we going to name it?

    And of course, we'll still have that age old debate on whether or not Pluto is a planet.


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    I like Aphrodite. Or Hermes. Someone over at sciforums said that he had heard they might name it Lila though. Probably just a rumor.


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    "Artemis" was the first name that came to mind for me.
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    I’ve just posted the same thing in the ‘In The News’ forum.

    http://www.thescienceforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=943

    Check out the articles I posted though!
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    Before He created Heaven and Earth, God created Hell to be used for people such as you who ask this kind of question.
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    yet another thing either classified as really an asteroid even though it's a planet or classified....
    the more science you know, the less crap you get.
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    Nice result! However, it should not be called a planet, if it is part of the Edgeworth-Kuiper belt - just like Pluto. Where do you start to call it a planet? I can understand that Americans want Pluto to keep its status as a planet, because they would loose the only planet discovered by Americans. Sorry folks! But if you count Pluto, we would have thousands of more bodies in the solar system that also deserved to be called a planet. So, in essence it is just another body in the Edgeworth Kuiper belt that by its size proves that Pluto is by no means anything special that classifies it to be labelled a planet.
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