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August 14, 2006

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Lugosi

Gabrielle was s-o-o-o-o hot that the name simply wouldn't be appropriate for a planet whose daytime highs are near absolute zero.

John Neff

The real issue is what is the difference between a major and minor planet. From a scientific point of view it is a nomenclature issue and I am surprised the IAU has agreed to consider it.

The NYT seems to think that it is a big deal to be able to classify Pluto as either a major or minor planet. If we come up with contrived classification scheme to do so it will add zero to the sum of scientific knowledge.

Dan Gulya

Your worst fears are already realized:
http://www.gps.caltech.edu/~mbrown/planetlila/moon/index.html

Lugosi

I just saw a diagram in today's paper & guess what? Xena has a moon.... And it's named Gabrielle. I'm guessing there's some astronomer out there with a wicked sense of humor.

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