Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Rock Stick Scissors

I'm pleased to announce that a strange new object has been discovered at the edge of the solar system. According to New Scientist (linked above), the object is tentatively named 2004 XR190. I'm not sure it's going to stick. They need a name that's more...memorable, more catchy. Something like 2004 XY193. That's got more of a ring to it, don't you think?

So anyway, this object. It's special because it orbits at a highly tilted angle (more vertical than horizontal) and moves almost in a circle instead of an ellipse. But it's more than that. The object is special because while it's made of rock, perhaps even icy rock, it has a very unique appearance. In fact, its surface looks something like this:

That's right. 2004 XR190, or 2004 XY193, as I like to call it, is a rock in the likeness of the darling Butterstick, forever hurtling around the sun. All hail 2004 XY193!


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