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2003 Ub 313: The Incredible Shrinking Planet?, No bigger than Pluto?
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post Feb 14 2006, 10:41 AM
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post Feb 14 2006, 03:34 PM
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post Feb 14 2006, 10:07 PM
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QUOTE (Bob Shaw @ Feb 14 2006, 08:57 AM) *
Bruce:

Er, not personally, never been able to finish a whole one. Is there something you're trying to tell us?

Hmm...

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post Feb 19 2006, 12:34 PM
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Brown to discuss 'Xena' discovery

http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/news/ci_3525265
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post Feb 21 2006, 10:22 AM
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Amateurs spot 10th planet
http://www.spaceflightnow.com/news/n0602/20xena/
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post Mar 4 2006, 10:27 AM
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The IAU will publish beginning of September 2006 the definition of a "Planet".
http://www.iau.org/TRANS-NEPTUNIAN_OBJECT_2003_UB.324.0.html
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post Mar 4 2006, 10:48 PM
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Dear God, I hope they don't decide that Pluto is a planet but this new thing isn't. I could tolerate anything but that...

In any case, now we can look forward to comparable decade-long squabbles about the precise definition of "moons" as opposed to "ring particles", and whether we should call newly discovered objects "asteroids" or "comets" when we don't know how much ice is in them. The joys will be endless!
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post Mar 4 2006, 10:58 PM
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QUOTE (BruceMoomaw @ Mar 4 2006, 10:48 PM) *
Dear God, I hope they don't decide that Pluto is a planet but this new thing isn't. I could tolerate anything but that...

In any case, now we can look forward to comparable decade-long squabbles about the precise definition of "moons" as opposed to "ring particles", and whether we should call newly discovered objects "asteroids" or "comets" when we don't know how much ice is in them. The joys will be endless!


Bruce:

Comets are getting drier and drier, and some asteroids might be quite wet...

...sounds like tearing hair out time!

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post Mar 19 2006, 10:42 PM
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No news for a while, which is kind of a shame. I heard a rumour that the satellite might have been an imaging artifact, but it's probably not true.
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post Mar 20 2006, 05:09 PM
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Well, it's only been a month or so since the last news update. It would be great if there was something new every day, but, "that ain't so".
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post Apr 11 2006, 05:45 PM
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UPDATE!

http://www.gps.caltech.edu/~mbrown/planetlila/
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post Apr 11 2006, 06:08 PM
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FOR RELEASE: 1:00 pm (EDT) April 11, 2006

Erica Hupp/Dwayne Brown
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1237/1726)

Ray Villard
Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Md.
(Phone: 410/338-4514; E-mail: villard@stsci.edu)

PRESS RELEASE NO.: STScI-PR06-16

HUBBLE FINDS THAT THE 'TENTH PLANET' IS SLIGHTLY LARGER THAN PLUTO

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has resolved the "tenth planet," nicknamed
"Xena," for the first time and has found that it is only just a little
larger than Pluto. Though previous ground-based observations suggested
that Xena was about 30 percent greater in diameter than Pluto, Hubble
observations taken on Dec. 9 and 10, 2005, yield a diameter of 1,490
miles (with an uncertainty of 60 miles) for Xena. Pluto's diameter, as
measured by Hubble, is 1,422 miles.

Xena is officially catalogued as 2003 UB313. It is the large object at
the bottom of this artist's concept. A portion of its surface is lit by
the Sun, located in the upper left corner of the image. Xena's
companion, Gabrielle, is located just above and to the left of Xena.

For electronic images and additional information about the research on
the Web, visit:

http://hubblesite.org/news/2006/16

http://www.nasa.gov/hubble

For more information, contact Robert Tindol, California Institute of
Technology, Pasadena, CA, (phone) 626-395-3631, (e-mail)
tindol@caltech.edu, or Mike Brown, California Institute of Technology,
Pasadena, CA, (phone) 626-395-8423, (e-mail) mbrown@gps.caltech.edu .

The Hubble Space Telescope is a project of international cooperation
between NASA and the European Space Agency. The Space Telescope Science
Institute in Baltimore conducts Hubble science operations. The Institute
is operated for NASA by the Association of Universities for Research in
Astronomy, Inc., Washington.


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post Apr 12 2006, 12:09 AM
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Robert Roy Britt, in his blog on this subject ( http://www.livescience.com/blogs/author/robbritt ), positively DEMANDS that both Pluto and 2003 UB 313 not be called "planets" yet, unless the IAU gives us permission to do so. Who died and made YOU King of the Solar System, Robert?
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post Apr 12 2006, 12:31 AM
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QUOTE (BruceMoomaw @ Apr 12 2006, 01:09 AM) *
Robert Roy Britt, in his blog on this subject ( http://www.livescience.com/blogs/author/robbritt ), positively DEMANDS that both Pluto and 2003 UB 313 not be called "planets" yet, unless the IAU gives us permission to do so. Who died and made YOU King of the Solar System, Robert?


Bruce:

Perhaps the Touch of A Noodly Appendage has elevated him?

Let me rephrase that...

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post Apr 12 2006, 01:22 AM
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QUOTE (BruceMoomaw @ Apr 12 2006, 12:09 AM) *
Robert Roy Britt, in his blog on this subject ( http://www.livescience.com/blogs/author/robbritt ), positively DEMANDS that both Pluto and 2003 UB 313 not be called "planets" yet, unless the IAU gives us permission to do so. Who died and made YOU King of the Solar System, Robert?


Well, actually he indicates that if the IAU does give us permission to do so, it will be the sign of the Apocalypse.
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