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New moon discovered orbiting 10th planet

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posted on Oct, 1 2005 @ 08:42 PM
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Astonomers, who earlier discovered a possible 10th planet orbiting beyond pluto now think that they have discovered a moon orbiting the planet as well.


www.usatoday.com
While observing the new, so-called planet from Hawaii last month, a team of astronomers led by Michael Brown of the California Institute of Technology spotted a faint object trailing next to it. Because it was moving, astronomers ruled it was a moon and not a background star, which is stationary.

The moon discovery is important because it can help scientists determine the new planet's mass. In July, Brown announced the discovery of an icy, rocky object larger than Pluto in the Kuiper Belt, a disc of icy bodies beyond Neptune. Brown labeled the object a planet and nicknamed it Xena after the lead character in the former TV series Xena: Warrior Princess. The moon was nicknamed Gabrielle, after Xena's faithful traveling sidekick.


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If this is true we are getting better at discovering these new worlds. Hopefully in the near future we will be able to get photos and possibly send probes there!

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posted on Oct, 1 2005 @ 08:48 PM
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It's Niburu!!

Well...first Sedna, now Xena with a moon. The astrologers are going to have a fit adapting permutations to events now.

This solar system we live on is getting more interesting all the time.

nice find




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posted on Oct, 1 2005 @ 10:57 PM
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excellent find! we are taking giant leaps and bounds in recent times with space exploration, discovery after discovery it seems.

very exciting! i wonder whats next?

--Kit.



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