Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day is of the Kuiper Belt Object known as Orcus. Orcus was discovered using Palomar's 48-inch Samuel Oschin Telescope in 2004 by Mike Brown (Caltech), Chad Trujillo (Gemini) and David Rabinowitz (Yale).

Mike Brown recently posted on his blog, Mike Brown's Planets, that he is looking for suggestions for a name for the moon of Orcus which is currently officially known only by its catalog number: S/1 90482 (2005). Follow the links to see what it is all about and why Orcus is being called the Anti-Pluto.

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