Sep. 4th, 2006

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Will Baird reports that the Greeks are unhappy that the dwarf planet 2003 UB313 and its moon S/2005 (2003 UB313) 1 have been named informally Xena and Gabrielle, after the characters on Xena: Warrior Princess.

Observatory chairman Christos Zerefos wrote a letter to the International Astronomical Union on August 20 proposing the names of a number of Greek mythological figures to replace 'Xena', Goudis said.

"The last five years have seen a new interpretation of the solar system and we have to avoid giving offhand names to newly-discovered stars," Goudis told AFP.

"Astronomy has deep roots ... we must preserve this historic tradition," he said.

All that I want to point out is that Jupiter had his Ganymede.

There's some traditions, see, and then there are some other ones. So long as it sounds legitimate, who can really object?
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