And then there were 10

Didn’t get a chance to post on this before now though it’s been in the news a few days. Astronomers have reported the discovery of a 10th planet in our solar system. It was first actually seen in 2003 but only now confirmed as a planet. “2003 UB313″ is a planet of rock and ice, somewhat larger than Pluto and about 3 times as far away. I wonder what name they will give it? I wonder when Celestia [very cool program, recommended download] will add it to their program.

The UB313 discovery team “have also obtained spectra of the smaller mini-planet 2003 EL61, which was reported on July 28, 2005 by two independent teams: one from the Sierra Nevada Observatory in Spain and the Brown, Trujillo and Rabinowitz team. This object is smaller than Pluto, but shows strong water-ice features, similar to what is seen on the surface of Pluto’s moon Charon.”

2003 UB313

Update: Will we lose Pluto? *sniff*

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