BREAKING NEWS: Object Bigger than Pluto Discovered, Called 10th Planet posted: 29 July 2005 07:59 pm ET Astronomers have discovered an object in our solar system that is larger than Pluto. They are calling it the 10th planet, but already that claim is contested. The new world's size is not at issue. But the very definition of planethood is. It is the first time an object so big has been found in our solar system since the discovery of Pluto 75 years ago.The announcement, made today by Mike Brown of Caltech, came just hours after another newfound object, one slightly smaller than Pluto, was revealed in a very confusing day for astronomers and the media. The new object, temporarily named 2003 UB313, is about three times as far from the Sun as is Pluto. "It's definitely bigger than Pluto," said Brown, a professor of planetary astronomy. The object is round and could be up to twice as large as Pluto, Brown told reporters in a hastily called NASA-run teleconference Friday evening. His best estimate is that it is 2,100 miles wide, about 1-1/2 times the diameter of Pluto.

2003 UB313, the 10th planet, has a moon! On September 10th 2005, astronomers at the Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea took a look at the 10th planet with a new instrument that allows them to see details as precise as those seen from the Hubble Space Telescope. The images of the 10th planet quickly revealed that it has a faint moon in orbit around it! The discovery is so recent that little is yet known about the moon, but as more is learned we will update the information here.

A map, made using Starry Night software, shows the position of 2003 UB313 in the eastern sky as of about 1:30 a.m. from mid-northern latitudes for the next several days. Seasoned amateur astronomers with large backyard telescopes should be able to find it. Credit: Starry Night

This illustration released by Kobe University shows a planet -- half the size of Earth -- which is believed to be in the outer reaches of the solar system. The researchers at Kobe University have said that their theoretical calculations using computer simulations lead them to conclude it was only a matter of time before the long-awaited "Planet X" was found. (AFP/HO)


An artist's rendition shows the three new planets to be added to the solar system if astronomers meeting in the Czech capital approve a new planetary definition. Star signs and astrology charts -- relied on by millions as a key to divining the future -- would not be much affected if three new planets are added to the solar system, experts said.(AFP/IAU-HO/File)

An artist's rendition shows the solar system with 12 planets, including three new ones possibly to be added as the world's leading astronomers prepare to reshape our understanding of the solar system in a galactic big bang that would downgrade distant Pluto.(AFP/File/IAU )

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CROWDED SPACE: Last month, Dennis Simmons of Brisbane, Australia, decided to photograph the dwarf planet Eris (formerly known as 2003 UB313). He did that--and more. His final image, consisting of exposures spanning four nights (Sept. 19-22), revealed "a smorgasbord of exotic astronomical objects." "There are five PGC galaxies in the image, three of which are labeled," says Simmons. "A couple of asteroids also made a cameo appearance: 2003 XY14 on Sept 20th followed by 1999 SV7 on Sept 22nd, passing silently through the field while I was imaging Eris." Finally there is Eris itself, nine billion miles from the sun but still visible from Brisbane. Who said space is empty?

**FILE PHOTO** In this file image provided by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope team on April 11, 2006, an artist's concept of Kuiper Belt object 2003 UB313 (nicknamed 'Xena') and its satellite, Gabrielle, is shown. Our solar system is suffering an identity crisis. For the past 76 years, it consisted of nine planets, even though scientists debated whether Pluto was really part of the club. Last year's discovery of 2003 UB313 threatened to throw the cosmos into chaos. Is the object the solar system's 10th planet? Should Pluto be demoted? What exactly is a planet anyway? (AP Photo/NASA) 

Dwarf planet Eris, the view through a 9" Celestron telescope.