Pluto, plutoid: What's in a name?

Former planet gets new label

By Jennifer Cutraro, 00:00 AM June 18, 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These images show the first plutoids. The blue blob is Pluto. The red one is Eris. Both objects lie far from Earth, beyond Neptune, and are large enough that gravity pulls them into spherical forms. Other bodies that are similar will one day be called plu

 

These images show the first plutoids. The blue blob is Pluto. The red one is Eris. Both objects lie far from Earth, beyond Neptune, and are large enough that gravity pulls them into spherical forms. Other bodies that are similar will one day be called plu

 

NASA

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, wrote William Shakespeare. But what would astronomers say about a planet by any other name?

 

It's a question astronomers have been talking about since 2006. That's when an intern...

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