Thursday, September 14, 2006

Xena becomes Eris

The dwarf planet informally known as "Xena", whose discovery was the beginning of the end of Pluto's status as a planet, has been officially named Eris, after the goddess of choas. I guess the IAU has a sense of humor, but not one big enough to keep the name "Xena". It's only known moon ("Gabrielle") has been named Dysnomia.

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