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If you're young enough, you were only taught about the eight planets in our solar system -- and possibly that there was a mysterious 'Planet X' or planet Tyche beyond Neptune. More recently, there's a new ninth planet proposal from the same folks who re-named Pluto as a dwarf planet. Check out these links on Pluto and this new ninth planet that might redefine the outer edge of our solar system. After you've finished checking out those links, take a look at our Daily Deals for cool gadgets and other awesome stuff.
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Filed Under: astronomy, binary planet, charon, dwarf planet, eris, hydra, kerberos, konstantin batygin, michael brown, ninth planet, nix, planet x, pluto, solar system, space, space exploration, styx, tno, trans-neptunian object, tyche

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    Coyne Tibbets (profile), 23 Jan 2016 @ 12:41am

    Stop the flood!

    "What does Brown have against Pluto?"

    When I heard about his search, I immediately wondered if the motive isn't personal. I don't know how long Mr. Brown has been looking for this new planet, but if he was expecting the honor of finding the next planet after Pluto, well...then his honors were being stolen by the discoveries of Eris, Haumea, Quaoar, Salacia, Orcus, 2002 MS₄, Sedna, 2007 OR10₁₀, MakeMake, Varuna, Varda, 2002 UX₂₆ and...*whew*! Not to mention the ones discovered long ago, that were under debate for addition to the list, like Ceres 1.

    So it's possible he figured that, if he was going to have the honor of finding the next planet, he had to stop the flood of these new mini-worlds being discovered. That would be petty (and Pluto an innocent bystander) but it wouldn't be the first time something of this type has happened in the astronomical community.

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