12 September, 2006

Oh, how the mightly have fallen...

Fresh on the heels of its demotion from the ranks of recognized planets, the Minor Planet Center - the internationally recognized organization that maintains catalogues of all known sub-planet objects in our solar system - has issued an asteroid number for Pluto. Its official designation is now 134340 Pluto. Asteroid numbers (but NOT names - that's handled by a seperate organization) were also assigned to 2003 UB313 (136199), 2003 EL61 (136108), and 2005 FY9 (136472).

Minor Planet Electronic Circular #2006-R19

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