Wednesday, January 05, 2011

T.D.I.H. - Jan 5

On this day in 2005, Scientists discovered Eris, which almost became our solar system's 10th planet, and instead brought about the demotion of Pluto. Eris is bigger than Pluto, and orbits our sun three times father than Pluto, and is in fact the farthest known object that is orbiting the sun. It has a moon, named Dysnomia. Both Pluto and Eris are considered dwarf planets. (There is no truth to the rumor that they will be re-named Grumpy and Doc.)
Eris was named after the Greek goddess of strife and discord (I bet she was pleasant, how's you like to go through life as the personification of strife and discord?) Dysnomia was the daughter of Eris, and the goddess of lawlessness. (which sounds like much more fun)

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