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    What to Call the Tenth Planet?

    Here's a brief bit from The Times Online:

    "FAR OUT on the edge of the solar system, a new planet has been discovered — a lump of ice nine billion miles from the sun, orbiting at the stately rate of once every 560 years. The astronomical community is cooing over the new arrival, which was announced last month, weighing in with a diameter of some 3,000km and a surface temperature of minus 459F. But as with every newborn, there is a dilemma: scientists cannot agree about what (on earth) to call this tenth planet, the youngest —addition to the planetary family.

    Currently, the planet still retains the official and unlovely moniker 2003UB313, a name that even its mother couldn’t love. The astronomer who discovered it, Mike Brown, of Caltech, nicknamed the lump Xena, after the semi-clad warrior princess of the American television series, and it has stuck. How is that for a reflection of our cultural impoverishment?"



    Full article for those with a long concentration span:

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/newspap...741161,00.html


    Personally I think Xena and Loki are good names for it.
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    When the ninth planet was discovered in 1930, it was called Pluto.

    The tenth one is much, much more far out, so if we keep the same theme/naming convention, the answer is obvious.

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    Fleo.
    Or something.

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    I think giving the temperature and the general inhospitable nature of the conditions on the planet they should name it after some place in Scotland. I reckon there'd be more life on the planet than there would be in Scotland as well.


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    Oi.

    Scotland's cool.

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    Given that all the other planets in our solar system (aside from our own) take the names of Roman gods and goddesses, wouldn't it make sense to use the same convention for this one? Something like Minerva maybe? Minerva and Juno are the most important Roman gods that don't already have their own planet, aside from Apollo that doesn't really fit, and Minerva is a better name.

    The Douglas Adams fan within me also prompts me to suggest the name Rupert.
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    Minvera is a person in Harry Potter so we can't have that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scaly piscine
    Yes, as is minus 459F.
    which..to be pedantic, is impossible
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swervy
    which..to be pedantic, is impossible
    actually absolute zero is -459.67 farenheit
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swervy
    which..to be pedantic, is impossible
    Nah, minus 459 Fahrenheit is absolute zero, AFAIK.

    EDIT: Just out pedanted by SKD!
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    Quote Originally Posted by superkingdave
    actually absolute zero is -459.67 farenheit
    spelling mistake aside ( )...nowhere in the universe could be absolute zero, given that the background radiation of the big bang is about 3 degrees Kelvin..and so the coldest place naturally occuring in the universe can only be at its coldest 3 degrees Kelvin above absolute zero

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    Chemistry/Physics has never been so interesting.

    I like the idea of Minerva though, it fits the trend and has something graceful about it.
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    Aparenlty they think there are a load of other planets aswell and will be oficialy discoreverd soon

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