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From: TerryMoselaol.com
Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2005 17:33:16 EDT
Subject: It's raining Planets!

Hi all,
 
You're not going to believe this but.....
 
I have just had a t/c and another email from Prof Alan Fitzsimmons at QUB,  
and ANOTHER new Trans Neptunian Object has now been found, and he's sure that  
this one IS bigger than Pluto!
 
Here are the details, straight from the expert:
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Dear Terry,

More news...

Hot on the heels of 2003 EL61, the  discovery of 2003 UB313 has been 
announced this evening.   This is  intrinsically roughly as bright as Pluto but is 
currently at a huge distance  (96.9 AU) from the Sun, so has a visual magnitude 
of 18.9. It has been seen so  far in images going back to 1989, so the 
provisional orbit is ok. We have a=67.7  AU (giving an orbital
period of 557 years), eccentricity 0.44 and inclination  44.2 degrees.

It looks like Planet X may finally here...

I have  included below the positions over the next few months below.

All the  best,
Alan


Ephemeris:
2003 UB313         a,e,i = 67.71, 0.44, 44         q =   37.808
Date     TT    R. A. (2000) Decl.     Delta       r     Elong.   Phase     V
2005 07  29    01 39.38   -05 19.3   96.681    96.939   104.4  0.6    18.9
2005 08 08   01 39.30   -05 21.0   96.526    96.937   113.7  0.5    18.9
2005 08 18   01 39.16   -05 22.9   96.382    96.936   122.9  0.5    18.9
2005 08 28   01 38.97   -05 25.0   96.254    96.934   132.1  0.4    18.8
2005 09 07   01 38.72   -05 27.3   96.146    96.933   141.2  0.4    18.8
2005 09 17   01 38.42   -05 29.5   96.061    96.932   149.9  0.3    18.8
2005 09 27   01 38.10   -05 31.8   96.001    96.930   157.9  0.2    18.8
2005 10 07   01 37.74   -05 33.9   95.968    96.929   163.9  0.2    18.8
2005 10 17   01 37.37   -05 35.8   95.965    96.928   165.0  0.2    18.8
2005 10 27   01 37.00   -05 37.4   95.990    96.926   160.3  0.2    18.8
2005 11 06   01 36.64   -05 38.7   96.043    96.925   152.7  0.3    18.8
2005 11 16   01 36.30   -05 39.6   96.124    96.924   143.8  0.3    18.8
2005 11 26   01 35.99   -05 40.1   96.229    96.922   134.4  0.4    18.8
2005 12 06   01 35.72   -05 40.1   96.355    96.921   124.8  0.5    18.8
2005 12 16   01 35.50   -05 39.6   96.499    96.919   115.0  0.5    18.9
2005 12 26   01 35.34   -05 38.7   96.656    96.918   105.2  0.6    18.9
2006 01 05   01 35.25   -05 37.3   96.821   96.917   95.3   0.6    18.9
2006 01 15    01  35.22   -05 35.4   96.988   96.915     85.4   0.6    18.9
2006 01 25    01  35.26   -05 33.2   97.154   96.914     75.6   0.6    18.9
2006 02 04    01  35.36   -05 30.7   97.311   96.913     65.9   0.5    18.9
2006 02 14    01  35.53   -05 27.9   97.457   96.911     56.2   0.5    18.9
2006 02 24    01  35.75   -05 25.0   97.586   96.910     46.7   0.4    18.9
2006 03 06    01  36.03   -05 21.9   97.694   96.908     37.5   0.4    18.9

This explains some of the confusion on the net at the moment.
 
Alan"
 
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You'll hardly be able to image that one from Ireland even with a CCD, but  
one or two of you might try?
 
Clear skies,
 
Terry Moseley

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