The planetary body that would have been the 10th planet in our solar system, formally designated 2003 UBR13, has been officially named. The International Astronomical Union has dubbed the new dwarf planet Eris after the Greek goddess of chaos and strife. Fitting, considering what her discovery did for the IAU.
At first, Eris was considered to be the 10th planet in our solar system with part of the reasoning for that being that she’s bigger than Pluto. That only led to a resurgence of the argument that Pluto wasn’t really a planet, either, which itself culminated in the meeting a few weeks ago that demoted Pluto from planet to dwarf planet. Eris now joins Pluto and Ceres in that new category.
Elementary school astronomy has some new info in it, now.
Capt. Ed Morrissey writes about the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 tonite:
Senator Tom Coburn’s office has announced that the Senate has just passed a new bill to replace the language of the original S.2590, which establishes an on-line searchable database for federal spending. This action will expedite the legislative process and may put the bill on President Bush’s desk by tomorrow:
Outstanding news! The Porkbusters in general have rewritten the book on how the common citizens can effect true change and reform in the federal government and they’ve got a lot to be proud of. Well done, all of you!