Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Pluto gets kicked again

Attention Pluto Lovers-

If you loved Pluto as the 9th planet in our solar system, today just isn't your day. But, a new planet, currently named Planet 9, has been discovered. 

Planet 9 has an elliptical orbit that takes 10000 Earth years to complete. Because it is an elliptical orbit, Planet 9 has a minor axis of 20,000,000 miles and a major axis of 80,000,000 miles!

How was it discovered? Because of MATH! Scientists and astronomers now need to collect observational data to confirm the existence!

Take a look at the article and share this major discovery with your students!

The next exciting step is the naming process. Dr. Mike Brown @plutokiller is one of the discoverers of Planet 9. The Mashable article has some interesting potential names.

Personally, I like the idea of Minerva or Apollo for the name. Both fit the naming convention already present. Minerva would be for wisdom and Apollo would be for logic.

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