Saturday, August 06, 2005

10th Planet Found...

They've discovered a new planet, Xena in the Solar System, its further out than Pluto...




"This time-lapse image, provided by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, of a newfound planet in our solar system, called 2003 UB313, was taken on Oct. 21, 2003, using the Samuel Oschin Telescope at the Palomar Observatory near San Diego, Calif. The planet, circled, is seen moving across a field of stars. The three images were taken about 90 minutes apart. Scientists did not discover the planet until Jan. 8."

Super cool. I wonder how this affects astrology??

2 Comments:

Blogger Bob Waters said...

"Xena" is a joking internal reference to the planet among the astronomers who found it. It isn't a serious proposal for a name- which, btw, will be chosen by the International Astronomical Union, and must be the name of deity of creation.

5:28 PM  
Blogger Monkey Girl said...

Yeah, I know its a nickname, until they get the official one... but I think its interesting that the astronomers who found it called it that - in fact they said they always said they wanted to call a planet Xena... interesting that this archetype has had such an impact...

5:20 AM  

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