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19th Aug 2005, 19:38
Right, some boffin has discovered a new planet. It's a big lump of ice 9 billion miles from the sun, orbiting once every 560 years. It's got a diameter of 3,000km and a surface temperature of minus 459F.

The man in the white coat who found this lonely ice cube called it Xena, after the warrior princess. :rolleyes:

His colleagues called it 2003UB313. :rolleyes: Like, honestly.

So the International Astronomical Union (IAU) are looking for a name. Sooo, what can you lot come up with then.

19th Aug 2005, 19:43
I would say 'Faraway'! .. :E

19th Aug 2005, 19:49
It's a big lump of ice 9 billion miles from the sun, orbiting once every 560 years. It's got a diameter of 3,000km and a surface temperature of minus 459F. Scotland? :E


Solid Rust Twotter
19th Aug 2005, 19:49
Someone suggested Homer.

Sounds about right to me.....:ok:

19th Aug 2005, 19:51
Many years ago a young American Indian boy asked his mother why his father was called "Strong Flowing River" and his uncle was called "Magnificent Conquering Eagle".
His mother said "Ah, that is because, when they were first born, there Fathers went out of the Teepee, and they named their son after the first thing they saw, why do you ask '2 Dogs shagging' ?"

Big lump of ice sounds good to me.

19th Aug 2005, 19:52
How about "Mother-in-law retirement planet"

I Am Not The One
19th Aug 2005, 19:59
Or how about tenth planet from the sun?

19th Aug 2005, 20:00
Ozzy, you are a cheeky wee bugger! Sassenach is too good a name for you!!!!

19th Aug 2005, 20:01
Planet Ex (like in girlfriend, like)... distant, frigid, and takes forever to come.

19th Aug 2005, 20:27

Sounds ok:eek:

Rupert S
19th Aug 2005, 20:31
How about something friendly that the average joe can appreciate...


note it's a name that can be used for both sexes so nobody's going to be upset.

19th Aug 2005, 20:39
What about "Numpty"?

19th Aug 2005, 20:46
Or something like 'Bernard':rolleyes:

19th Aug 2005, 20:52
I prefer 'Waste 'O' Space' or 'Waste of time' .. :E .. Ozzy? You at it again? .. You on the wrong thread! .. :mad:

Shaggy Sheep Driver
19th Aug 2005, 20:53
I think 2003UB313 is about right. 'Cause it's not a planet, just one of millions of lumps of rock and ice that orbit out beyond Neptune. Same goes for Pluto, which never should have been claimed as a planet either. ;)


19th Aug 2005, 21:19

Actually sounds kinda astronomical:ok:

19th Aug 2005, 22:17
Rupert S
Ashley? ASHLEY?

'and God created Ashley' ..really has a ring to it.

19th Aug 2005, 23:17
Big lump of ice, eh?... is it blue?

...I'd call it Toilet :E

19th Aug 2005, 23:23
How about calling it " Cream "
:ok: ;) ;)

19th Aug 2005, 23:47
How about "Jerricho"

Hard to see with the naked eye :(

20th Aug 2005, 02:14
How about Urnavel? We already have Uranus.......

16 blades
20th Aug 2005, 03:11
Hard to see with the naked eye

...don't you mean "Hard to see naked with the eye" Jerricho??



20th Aug 2005, 03:27
I think "Noreen" sounds nice. Or maybe Planet "Payback" 'cause it would be a real B!tch living there.

Rupert S
20th Aug 2005, 08:54
Yes Ashley. Isn't it an absolutely adorable name? Very biblical.

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20th Aug 2005, 11:22

tony draper
20th Aug 2005, 12:03
I thought the politicaly correct thing nowadays was to call the place by the name the natives called it ,silly of course,it would never have done in my day,after all we discovered the feckin places, and to my mind frinstance Siam sounds much berra than Thighland or warrever the dammed place is called now.
Bloody natives,what do they know. :rolleyes:
And what the devil was wrong with Bombay or Ayers Rock, I ask yer, eh eh,what what!!

20th Aug 2005, 13:18
Syphillis - well, it sounds good.

20th Aug 2005, 13:54
Its far out and super cool.

That means it came from the sixties. Call it Old Fart.

Spotting Bad Guys
20th Aug 2005, 15:45
I'm trying to remember the exact reference, but I seem to recall that Arthur C Clarke wrote several science fiction stories in which the mysterious 10th planet was discussed. As he also predicted the advent of satellite communications, the internet and lap-tops/palm pilots (amongst many other things) maybe we should use the name he proposed:


Persephone is the goddess of the underworld in Greek mythology. She is the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, goddess of the harvest. Persephone was such a beautiful young woman that everyone loved her, even Hades wanted her for himself. The Romans called her Proserpine.
Her names means something like "she who destroys the light."


Ian Corrigible
20th Aug 2005, 16:36
Persephone's a pretty neat suggestion, since it also kinda pays homage to the original Planet X (http://www.pprune.org/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=183980&highlight=pluto) hypothesizer Percival Lowell. It's either that or Pluto 2: The Return.


20th Aug 2005, 19:48

Got to confess, when I first read that in the paper in was in the context of communication satellites and mobiles and stuff, I thought it was some kind phone.. took a wee while to work it out.

thought I was smart, my latin teacher would have brained me, hope he doesn't read this 'ere

Solid Rust Twotter
20th Aug 2005, 19:56
Think Persephone might already be taken by an asteroid somewhere in the outer darkness.....

tony draper
20th Aug 2005, 22:35
Indeed,according to Google Persephone was taken in 1895,

pants on fire...
21st Aug 2005, 01:46
Maybe Ralphie? (http://www.network54.com/Forum/thread?forumid=193758&messageid=1081037665&lp=1124562119)

These guys are actually building a new planet in China, right now!:confused:

Loose rivets
21st Aug 2005, 02:20
Well if Pluto ain’t a planet, then how can this be even considered?

However, if it should be, I think ‘Lucy Lawless’(sp?) would be nice.

A neat opening line when one meets this Hyper-babe would be, “I had a planet named after you…would you like a drink?”

Spotting Bad Guys
21st Aug 2005, 06:38
Ah Mr D, looking it up in 'Wikipedia' brings the following...

399 Persephone is a typical Main belt asteroid.It was discovered by Max Wolf on February 23, 1895 in Heidelberg. Since the discovery of 2003 UB313 there is minor speculation that its name may be taken away and replaced so that this "10th planet" can have the name Persephone. That is unlikely to happen, to say the least.

Vote for Persephone, I say!



21st Aug 2005, 07:59
Got the whole Celtic pantheon still to be used.

Arawn - God of the dead and the underworld Annwn. God of revenge, terror, and the dead.

21st Aug 2005, 08:39
And who on Earth called Earth - Earth?

Is it Earth in all languages?

Maybe there is a better name!!!

In any case I think I'll get off it soon.

Even Down Under Earth/Oz is suffering a slow invasion and the aliens are ruining what we once had as a good thing.!!!