Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Asteroid 134340

Asteroid 134340 is now the official designation of Pluto, underscoring its downgrade to minor planet status. The new designation was given by the Minor Planet Center. Because they are part of the Pluto system, the companion bodies Charon, Nix and Hydra will also be called 134340 I, II and III, respectively.

The center also designated numbers to newly discovered bodies Xena (Asteroid 136199), and Kuiper Belt Objects 2006 EL61 (Asteroid 136108) and KBO 2005 FY9 (Asteroid 136472).

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