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Title: Name the new planet
Post by: Wickham on January 21, 2016, 06:52:35 AM
The (potential) new planet is a long way away. Most planets are named after Roman Gods but there seems no reason why there shouldn't be a Greek name, so here are my three suggestions:

Janus - Roman God of Beginnings, Endings, Transition, Doorways and Keys.

Hades - Greek King of the underworld and the dead. That seems appropriate for a planet way out in the darkness of space. Unfortunately Pluto is the Roman name for the same God so there might be some confusion.

Hermes - Greek God of boundaries, travel, communication, trade, language, and writing.  

The new name needs to be easy to pronounce and spell and appropriate for different languages, some Greek Gods have names difficult to pronounce or spell.

Looking at the orbit here:

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/01/feature-astronomers-say-neptune-sized-planet-lurks-unseen-solar-system

The orbits of the small objects spinning around the new planet (Sedna and others) would seem to come within Earth's orbit in the future creating a potential risk to us.

No chance that PV panels will work there, but if it's got a lot of methane or hydrogen, those could be a power source.


Title: Re: Name the new planet
Post by: oliver90owner on January 21, 2016, 07:45:41 AM
If they can pinpoint planets around other stars (a minimum of 4 light years distant) I would have thought that one only a few light hours away would be a doddle.  I await the discovery, but not holding my breath while doing so.


Title: Re: Name the new planet
Post by: Wickham on January 21, 2016, 08:10:10 AM
As I understand it, the planets discovered around other stars are often in close orbits and/or very large and can be ascertained by fluctuations in the light from the star. None of those reasons apply to our new planet.


Title: Re: Name the new planet
Post by: HalcyonRichard on January 21, 2016, 09:29:21 AM
Hi,
    I like Felicity means intense happiness or ability to find expression for ones thoughts. Or we could go the route of Uranus which has provided more giggles from schoolkids than anyone can imagine. That would be Innuendo (an allusive or oblique remark). Which is an innuendo itself and a Queen song.

Richard


Title: Re: Name the new planet
Post by: MeatyFool on January 21, 2016, 12:06:04 PM
Given its highly elliptical orbit and, its massive distance away from Neptune, and the the large variance from the ecliptic, I think Goofy would be good for Plant #9.

Now why did that name pop into my head?  facepalm

MeatyFool..


Title: Re: Name the new planet
Post by: stannn on January 21, 2016, 04:10:49 PM
Palatine because it sounds like planet nine.
Stan