The Name Game
Someone must have lit a fire under the IAU’s ass, because they’ve moving like lightning on planetary issues right now. They’ve finally given 2003UB 313 an official planet name: Eris (goddess of strife and discord). It’s moon is now called Dysnomia (goddess of lawlessness). Much better than their nicknames Xena and Gabrielle, although the Bad Astronomer makes a punny point that we may not have escaped the references entirely.
Pluto, on the other hand, has just received its minor planet designation: 134340. Don’t worry, this isn’t replacing the name of Pluto. Ceres, for example, is also minor planet 1. Pluto’s response?
And yes, I know, I haven’t done this week’s midweek cuckoo yet. I’m working on it, it’s just that my real life i.e. the job that pays me money, is commanding a lot of my attention just now.