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  1. #1 10th planet...YAY PARTY 
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    July 29, 2005: "It's definitely bigger than Pluto." So says Dr. Mike Brown of the California Institute of Technology who announced today the discovery of a new planet in the outer solar system.

    The planet, which hasn't been officially named yet, was found by Brown and colleagues using the Samuel Oschin Telescope at Palomar Observatory near San Diego. It is currently about 97 times farther from the sun than Earth, or 97 Astronomical Units (AU). For comparison, Pluto is 40 AU from the sun.

    This places the new planet more or less in the Kuiper Belt, a dark realm beyond Neptune where thousands of small icy bodies orbit the sun. The planet appears to be typical of Kuiper Belt objects--only much bigger. Its sheer size in relation to the nine known planets means that it can only be classified as a planet itself, Brown says.

    Backyard astronomers with large telescopes can see the new planet. But don't expect to be impressed: It looks like a dim speck of light, visual magnitude 19, moving very slowly against the starry background. "It is currently almost directly overhead in the early-morning eastern sky in the constellation Cetus," notes Brown.

    The planet was discovered by, in addition to Brown, Chad Trujillo, of the Gemini Observatory in Mauna Kea, Hawaii, and David Rabinowitz, of Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. They first photographed the new planet with the 48-inch Samuel Oschin Telescope on October 31, 2003. The object was so far away, however, that its motion was not detected until they reanalyzed the data in January of this year. In the last seven months, the scientists have been studying the planet to better estimate its size and its motions.

    "We are 100 percent confident that this is the first object bigger than Pluto ever found in the outer solar system," Brown adds.

    Telescopes have not yet revealed the planet's disk. To estimate how big it is, the astronomers must rely on measurements of the planet's brightness. Like all planets, this new one presumably shines by reflecting sunlight. The bigger the planet, generally speaking, the bigger the reflection. The reflectance, the fraction of light that bounces off the planet, is not yet known. Nevertheless, it is possible to set limits on the planet's diameter:

    "Even if it reflected 100 percent of the light reaching it, it would still be as big as Pluto," says Brown. Pluto is 1400 miles (2300 km) wide. "I'd say it's probably [about] one and a half times the size of Pluto, but we're not sure."

    The size of the planet is further limited by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, which has already proved its mettle in studying the heat of dim, faint, faraway objects such as the Kuiper-belt bodies. Because Spitzer has been unable to detect the new planet, the overall diameter must be less than about 2000 miles (3200 km), says Brown.

    The planet's temporary name is 2003 UB313. A permanent name has been proposed by the discoverers to the International Astronomical Union, and they are awaiting the decision of this body before announcing the name. Stay tuned!

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    thats pretty freaking cool.
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    yeah that is friggin' cool! wonder if they are gonna put it in all the books, all schoolbooks have to be replaced now eh?
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    YEA ive herd them speculating about an extra plannet for along while now. daym maybe like 2 yrs ago.

    yea im a big discoverychannel lover
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    This thread is for the members to see the completed logo's. I've been working on new logo's for the site. The one currently is bland and not that eye catchy. What are your thoughts on these logo's I made:

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    Which do you prefer, black PSP or white PSP logo?
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    I like it

    Jason: why is Search always greyed out when it works?

    'Search this thread' above the first post of a thread never works for me, but that link up top does.
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    Thanks, I'm going to make some improvments on it, so it can actually make its way onto the page.
    Is there a slogan for the site? Also, anything you think I could add to it to make it look better?
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    Evolve thanks I like the LOGO / Header and may use it.

    search is greyed out because I can not work out how to make it white, Its quite annoying. Im going to try and fix it when I have time. Evolve I will pm you sometime about the logo
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    Quote Originally Posted by psphome View Post
    Evolve thanks I like the LOGO / Header and may use it.

    search is greyed out because I can not work out how to make it white, Its quite annoying. Im going to try and fix it when I have time. Evolve I will pm you sometime about the logo
    Thanks, I added a few more updates, and a logo with a white PSP. I can also do screenshots of games inside the PSP screen on the logo if you wish... Let me know by tonight/tomorrow about your thoughts. I can also start working on a new layout for the site if you want, let me know.

    New Logo's are added.
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    I'll make more, if/when psphome confirms he'll use them.
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