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Celestial: (136199) Eris discovery Gender: N/A
2003 UB313 "Xena"
born on 5 January 2005 at 11:20 (= 11:20 AM )
Place Pasadena CA, USA, 34n08, 118w08
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Data source
Timed documented source, news
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Taglilatelo
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 15°34' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 10°57 Asc.s_aricol.18.gif 11°18'


Discovery of first planet beyond Pluto by Dr. Michael Brown of CalTech.

On August 24, 2006 a group of astronomers meeting at a Prague session of the International Astronomical Union voted to classify this as a "dwarf planet."

Source Notes

It was on January 5, 2005, when astronomer Michael E. Brown of Caltech realized that he'd discovered what could well be the 10th planet, the Kuiper Belt object he nicknamed "Xena." He was reviewing telescopic photos when he spotted the moving dot, and he thoughtfully noted the time: 11:20 a.m., because Dr. Brown "knew that astrologers would ask."

This, according to today's New York Times online. Here's the link to the article: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/23/science/space/23profile.html

Please note that January 8 was first reported as the discovery date, but Dr. Brown says that was an error. January 5 is the correct date. He was in his Caltech office (in Pasadena, I presume), so the chart data for this event would be January 5, 2005; 11:20 a.m. PST, zone 8; Pasadena, CA; 118W08'37", 34N08"52.

Also, the photos showing "Xena" were taken back in 2003, thus the official name 2003 UB313, but it wasn't until this past January that Dr. Brown realized the photos showed a potential new planet.

It's not very often that an astronomer would think of us astrologers at a moment like this. For his thoughtfulness, perhaps we should give him a "Friend of Astrology" award. Thank you, Michael E. Brown!

Susan Manuel


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