Dwarf Planets

Dwarf Planets

  1. QUESTION: What is he name of the dwarf planet originally discovered in 1801? ANSWER: Ceres was listed as a planet, along with Pallas, Juno and Vesta. These were reclassified in 1883 as asteroids. @Pircano

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  1. Pluto was discovered in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh using a “blink comparator.” The discovered object was determined to be our ninth planet and was officially named after the Greek god of the underworld. In addition, the first two letters of the traditional name recognizes another, a person, not a god. QUESTION: For whom are the letters P and L symbolizing?   ANSWER: Percival Lowell   Outside Flagstaff Arizona is the observatory he established 1894 where Tombaugh worked when he made the discovery. @speear40


  1. QUESTION: Who led the team in California that discovered “Planet X,” the tenth planet in 2005? ANSWER: Mike Brown   Author of “How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming” @Pircano


  1. QUESTION: What was the unofficial name given Planet X by the Cal Tech team? ANSWER: Xena   The mythical planet X, the one beyond Pluto, was given another name by the Cal Tech team. Based only on TV mythology, this unofficial “in-house” name was not accepted by thee IAU. The IAU decided “Eris” was a better name.   @GooniesInExile


  1. This discovered Planet X (see question 4 above) was officially named Eris unofficially in honor of what television actress? ANSWER; Lucy Lawless, the actor who portrayed Xena.  Eris was the name of the mythical Greek god of strife and discord. Is that a close description of “lawlessness”? @ighnot


  1. So those questions were about first three dwarf planets. There are two more. QUESTION; What’s the name of one of them? ANSWER: Haumea and Makemake. @Pircano, @mdma4ptsd


  1. What’s the name of one of the three objects being considered for inclusion on the category “dwarf planet”? Quaoar, Sedna, and Orcus @svkmation777 @Pircarno, @mdma4ptsd


  1. QUESTION: What’s the difference between dwarf planets and minor planet? ANSWER: roundness. @ighnot

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