Sunday, July 31, 2005

Tenth Rock from the Sun

Recommended Reading:Astronomers detect ‘10th planet’.” BBC News. 30 Jul. 2005.
Astronomers in the United States have announced the discovery of the 10th planet to orbit our Sun.

The largest object found in our Solar System since Neptune was discovered in 1846, it was first seen in 2003 but has only now been confirmed as a planet.

Designated 2003 UB313, it is about 3,000km across, a world of rock and ice and somewhat larger than Pluto.
Wow, it’s kind of mind-blowing to read stuff like this when you’ve been taught since grade school in science classes that there were only nine planets orbiting our sun. I guess it's time to update some textbooks, huh?
Song of the Moment: “Through the Never” by Metallica


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