Thursday, August 11, 2005

New Scientist Breaking News - Your top 10 names for the tenth planet

New Scientist Breaking News - Your top 10 names for the tenth planet
I missed the news from July 30, that a new 10th plant had been discovered. But, now we're playing the name game. New Scientist asked their readers to name it and provide some explanation and they've published their top 10 responses, most serious (Peace, Galileo), but several odd, or seemingly odd choices make the top 10 (Rupert, Bob, Xena). See the brief descriptions for more.

5. Rupert - It might seem like an unlikely name for a planet, and it probably would be. But in the fourth book of the Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy "trilogy"” - Mostly Harmless - author Douglas Adams describes a tenth planet around the Sun: "“The planet was named Persephone, but rapidly nicknamed Rupert after some astronomer's parrot - there was some tediously heart-warming story attached to this - and that was all very wonderful and lovely."


Xax said...

I thought the tenth planet was found in the early 90's; the one outside the Oort cloud. It's called Seth.

experiment33 said...

I'm no astronomer, but quick google for tenth planet seth doesn't yield much, but it does look like there has been speculation about a tenth planet for a while. Maybe they found something and then later decided it wasn't really a planet?