Planets are like buses..

You wait around for ages.. and then two turn up at the same time.. The slightly larger onemore here – found by the NASA-funded team snatched the headline from the slightly smaller onewhich has a moon. Although they should probably start referring to orbiting bodies like this in a more accurate way.. Large Kuiper Belt Objects Found? or.. Large Trans-Neptunian Objects Found? Not quite as sexy a headline, is it? Now.. what’s the status of that other planet?.. Update Despite the reported preference for naming the new planet ‘Xena’ *sheesh* according to the updated website of the scientists who discovered it [scroll down], until confirmed, they are obligated to keep the suggested name to themselves.

  • maca

    Cool! Two more places to visit when I get my space ship built.

  • 6countyprod

    Helps to keep in perspective how tiny our little homeland is, compared to the vast expanses of the universe. We are still, of course, the must important part of our solar system. 😉

  • Young Irelander

    Can we not name one of these planets after an Irish god instead of a Roman one? May I suggest the sun god Lugh?

    That way, far off into the future, when astronauts have to inform Nasa of their coordinates, they’ll have to tell them they’re going to to the Lugh.;)

  • Young Irelander

    Can we not name one of these planets after an Irish god instead of a Roman one? May I suggest the sun god Lugh?

    That way, far off into the future, when astronauts have to inform Nasa of their coordinates, they’ll have to tell them they’re going to to the Lugh.;)

  • Young Irelander

    Can we not name one of these planets after an Irish god instead of a Roman one? May I suggest the sun god Lugh?

    That way, far off into the future, when astronauts have to inform Nasa of their coordinates, they’ll have to tell them they’re going to to the Lugh.;)

  • Young Irelander

    Can we not name one of these planets after an Irish god instead of a Roman one? May I suggest the sun god Lugh?

    That way, far off into the future, when astronauts have to inform Nasa of their coordinates, they’ll have to tell them they’re going to to the Lugh.;)

  • peteb

    You mean you don’t already have one, maca???

    YI

    I’m perfectly happy to leave the naming to the proud dad who discovered the larger Trans-Neptunian Object

  • martin

    I wonder if the entire population of the 6 counties was transported to another planet would the divisions continue up/out/down there—would be an interesting experiment

  • Occasional Commentator

    6countryprod said:
    We are still, of course, the must important part of our solar system

    Sounds like MIPE-ry to me. Most Important Planet Ever.

    Night folks – sorry for the bad joke. I can’t find a synonym for ‘important’ starting with the letter ‘O’.

  • yoda

    When NASA gets to Lugh, will the astronauts dance there?

  • 6countyprod

    OC, What about: Most Obstinate Part Ever

  • peteb

    Planet Xena?!?!

    *shakes head*

  • Congal Claen

    Hi Young Irelander,

    “Can we not name one of these planets after an Irish god instead of a Roman one? May I suggest the sun god Lugh?”

    The earth has three known natural satellites. One of these is called Cruithne.

    http://www.slighe.com/newsletter2.html

    This link shows the orbit…

    http://burtleburtle.net/bob/physics/cruithne.html

    Go to the bottom frame and click on it to show the orbit….

  • NMC

    What about Lughnasa – August – due to the timing and ’cause nasa just fits on the end there…

  • The Watchman

    So that’s where Trimble’s gone.

  • peteb

    Updated post on the reported name – see above

  • maca

    Pete
    “You mean you don’t already have one, maca???”

    Couldn’t afford it, insurance for the under-30’s is a rip-off.