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30 July 2005 @ 11:43 pm
*bounces* So cool!  
It's not absolutely official yet, but astronomers have found an object twice the size of Pluto, beyond our ninth planet. Isn't that cool? The object is made of frozen methane, much like Pluto, and doesn't seem to fit in with the Kuiper Belt that lies outside out solar system. *bounce*

The media has been calling it the tenth planet, but scientists are still arguing over what it is, and what the definition of 'planet' should be. *rolls eyes* If it is a planet, we may have to add two other objects in as planets, too.

*bounces* I'm such a dork, but this makes me so excited. Whee!
who thinks they should name the new planet Yuggoth, but she reads too much Lovecraft, and no one asked her. ^_~
Emotional Temperature: surprisedsurprised
The Band Plays:: "Better Now"-- by Collective Soul
my lies & my facade: Reddark_branwen on July 31st, 2005 03:55 am (UTC)
I'm excited too. ^_^ My dad's a huge space and physics buff, and he says that they'll probably name the planet Persephone if it is determined to be a planet. And that's enough to excite me because I absolutely love that name.
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: lily2garnettrees on July 31st, 2005 04:06 am (UTC)
I'm glad to see that someone else is excited. My brother just gave me this 'look' when I told him. X_x;; Persephone is a beautiful name, and it would be nice to have another female planet. ^__^ Besides, Pluto and Persephone as outer planets would be romantic, in a geeky most-people-don't-get-it sort of way.
Amberminttown1 on July 31st, 2005 04:34 am (UTC)
I want to understand the geekery. Can you explain it?
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: love2garnettrees on July 31st, 2005 04:48 am (UTC)
*grins* Pluto is the Roman name for the god of the underworld, Hades in Greek mythology. Persephone is the Greek name for the daughter of the goddess Demeter, who rules over the hearth and the seasons. Hades kidnapped and wooed Persephone to be his bride in the underworld, which sincerely pissed Demeter off (hence the existence of winter). Because Persephone had eaten the fruit of the dead, she couldn't go back to the world of the living permanently-- she had to divide her time between Demeter and Hades. (Talk about in-law tensions!)

So, to have Persephone and Pluto orbiting out in the dead wastes of space together... well, it's kind of romantic. In a creepy, ooky way. ^^;

*glomps Amber*
Amberminttown1 on July 31st, 2005 05:04 am (UTC)
Hee. I love that. Thank you.

*glomps Meredith back*

My brain keeps wanting to write fluffy 4400 fic because it doesn't understand that in some fandoms fluff isn't okay. Heh.
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: intentiongarnettrees on July 31st, 2005 05:26 am (UTC)
You're welcome. It's cute-- in a rabid teddy bear sort of way. ^__^

*more glompage*

I think there's some room for fluff in the 4400'verse. Diana and Maia are kind of fluffy, and so are Shawn and Kyle in the pre-abduction era. Lily/Richard is teh alien-abductee lurve. *giggles*
who likes Amber!fic
Insufferable Know-It-Allladyaeryn on July 31st, 2005 03:55 am (UTC)
Really? That is so COOL. :D

Seems like if Pluto itself barely made planet status, and this thing is even bigger, it *should* be a planet - then again, all I know about this is what you've just mentioned. *goes to look*
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: katiegarnettrees on July 31st, 2005 04:08 am (UTC)
I think it should be a planet, too, but you know how scientists are. *grins* It's amazing how much we don't know about our own solar system.