I’m curious if 1) this really is a new planet and 2) what the name of it shall be.
Congrats to those blokes at Caltech, who are always doing the coolest things.
Caltech astronomer finds solar system’s 10th planet
By Gina Keating
A California astronomer has discovered what he believes is the 10th planet in our solar system, a group of NASA-funded researchers said on Friday.
The new planet, known as 2003UB313, has been identified as the most distant object ever detected orbiting the sun, California Institute of Technology astronomer Michael Brown said.
Brown and colleagues Chad Trujillo and David Rabinowitz have submitted a name for the planet to the International Astronomical Union and are confident it will be designated a planet. Brown did not reveal the proposed name. [full story]