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Post by Lazarus on 26th March 2014, 2:32 pm

BBC: Icy Chariklo asteroid has ring system

Discovered by occultation of the star UCAC4 248-108672: two rings 7 km and 3 km wide, with a gap of 9 km in-between orbiting the centaur (10199) Chariklo.
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Post by Sirius_Alpha on 26th March 2014, 6:41 pm

Huh. I wonder how common this is.

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Post by Sunchaser on 26th March 2014, 10:48 pm

Strange and wonderful.

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Post by PlutonianEmpire on 27th March 2014, 1:51 am

Astronomers also found a new dwarf planet in the meantime. Razz

Currently named 2012 VP113, the nickname is jokingly "Biden", because of the "VP" initial in the name. Razz

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Post by Lazarus on 28th March 2014, 3:18 pm

One of my favourite IAU rules on the naming of minor planets is as follows:

The names of individuals or events principally known for political or military activities are unsuitable until 100 years after the death of the individual or the occurrence of the event.
Source: http://www.iau.org/public/themes/naming/

If only the Nobel Peace Prize were subject to a similar restriction...
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