Sunday, October 02, 2005

There's Another One!!

Astronomers have discovered a 10th planet. It is officially catalogued as 2003UB313, but informally known as planet Xena. It’s named after the famed TV series, but suddenly I feel like Captain Kirk is about to be born a century or two earlier than planned! Seriously, the same Cal Tech astronomers now believe that Xena has a moon and have nicknamed it Gabrielle. According to CBS News, the planet is located in the Kuiper Belt. This is an assembly of icy bodies and is about 9 billion miles from the sun. This is currently the farthest known object in our solar system. Isn’t this cool??!?!

(Photo taken from and is credited to AP/NASA.)

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