Saturday, June 14, 2008

Plutoids

Have you heard the news? Pluto is the defining object for the other round ice balls of the outer solar system. The new IAU-approved term for such objects is Plutoid. Read all about Plutoids in this post from the Mike Brown's Planets blog.

Cool stuff.

2 comments:

redheather71 said...

last night (Saturday June 14) at around 11 pm or so, there was a very large "shooting star" but I can't seem to find info on it anywhere...

Scott Kardel said...

That is because bright meteors (aka "shooting stars") are really quite common. I saw a nice one myself just after midnight the same night. Once in a while, if someone has caught one on film you'll see it at http://spaceweather.com/

There is plenty of information at the website of the International Meteor Organization:
http://www.imo.net/