A new planet-like object has been found circling the Sun more than one and a half billion kilometres beyond Pluto.
Quaoar, as it has been dubbed, is about 1,280 kilometres across (800 miles) and is the biggest find in the Solar System since Pluto itself 72 years ago.
The object is about one-tenth the diameter of Earth and circles the Sun every 288 years.
It is half Pluto's size, but apparently larger than the ninth planet's moon, Charon.
"It's about the size of all the asteroids put together," Michael Brown of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, US, told BBC News Online. "So this thing is really quite big."
The clowns that found it are trying to give it a name which does not fit the scheme.
Hey, that's great. That'll fit right in with the rest of the planets which are named after Tongvan myth.Astronomers named the new object Quaoar, after the creation myth of the Tongva people who inhabited the Los Angeles area before the arrival of the Spanish and other European settlers.
To the indigenous peoples, Quaoar was the great force of nature that summoned all other things into being.
Every once in a while you'll see a bunch of artfags whine about how there has yet to be an artist in space and all that -- how geeks and engineers and stiffs and the like are the last people who ought to be out there because they are oblivious to the beauty of the scenario. I had always considered that to be crap until today. Douglas Adams had an idea on what to call the 10th planet -- Persephone. Aside from the fact that is wonderfully perfect, "Quaoar" is a strong second choice. I mean, tenth choice. I mean, 1,000,000,000th choice.
Article from the BBC right here.