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Hail, Eris!

September 14, 2006

It seems that the planetoid body far on the reaches of our solar system that was responsible for Pluto's demotion from actual planethood to dwarf planet status has a new name that proves that astronomers do, in fact, have a sense of humor.

The newly classified dwarf planet (which was temporarily called Xena) has been named, fittingly, after Eris, the Greek goddess of chaos and discord.

California Intstitute of Technology astronomer and discoverer of the planetoid body, Michael Brown, has stated that the choice for the planetoid's  "too perfect to resist". Quite.


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