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Xena officially named Eris (as of 13 Sept)

  1. Sep 14, 2006 #1

    marcus

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    http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/iau/Headlines.html

    The announcement came from IAU Central Bureau of Astronomical Telegrams, and was dated 13 September.

    http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/iau/special/08747.pdf

    Eris is the Greek godess of DISCORD

    The moon of Eris, as an alternative to "Eris I", has been named DYSNOMIA
    which means LAWLESSNESS (and fits nicely with Discord)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dysnomia_(moon)

    or forgetfulness---trouble remembering names or words for things in general
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dysnomia_(disease)

    Michael Brown of Caltech, who leads the team that discovered the dwarf planet initially nicknamed Xena, chose the names, as was his perogative.
    As of today, the Wiki article has already been corrected
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/136199_Eris
     
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2006
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  3. Sep 14, 2006 #2

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    136199 Eris - not "Xena"

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/136199_Eris

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwarf_planet#List_of_dwarf_planets

    I didn't know about any vote. :grumpy:

    I prefer 'Xena'!
     
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2006
  4. Sep 15, 2006 #3
    It's not a giant dwarf is it? :smile:

    Brown, apparently, did not push for a name per Phil Plait's blog after his phone visit...

    http://www.badastronomy.com/bablog/2006/09/14/on-the-naming-of-eris-and-such/

     
  5. Oct 18, 2006 #4
    Am I the only one who picked up on the Dysnomia in-joke?
    Lawlessness?
    Xena?
    No?
     
  6. Oct 18, 2006 #5

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    See the Bad Astronomer link above.
     
  7. Oct 18, 2006 #6
    ... that was right above me.
    WHY THE HELL DID I MISS IT?!
     
  8. Nov 5, 2006 #7
    I prefer 2003UB313
     
  9. Jun 14, 2007 #8

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    · Dwarf planet is not even the biggest of its type
    · Eris, body that reopened debate, is heavier

    More bad news for downgraded Pluto
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/space/article/0,,2103810,00.html

     
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2007
  10. Jun 15, 2007 #9

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    Alas poor Pluto, I knew her not. I suppose Charon will be demoted from moon to coorbitting planetoid. What is the solar system coming to?
     
  11. Jun 15, 2007 #10

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    There goes the neighbourhood.
     
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