It’s all gone a bit Hercules

When Hercules died he was put into the night sky as a constellation, so the story goes. Well, now we have a debate going on about Xena.

Those of you who’ve been paying attention to this sort of thing will know that I’m talking about the arguments in astronomy about whether Pluto counts as a planet and whether another astrological body, recently given the name Xena, is actually a planet instead.

Fair enough. Pluto was always a bit of a silly sounding name, because it made everyone think of the Disney dog which came later, but Xena? The warrior princess? UK link US link That’s a pretty strange choice… But they weren’t content to stop there. Oh no. They’ve found that Xena has a moon.

Can you guess what it’s been called?

Gabrielle.

Oh dear.

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2 thoughts on “It’s all gone a bit Hercules”

  1. Jesus christ, television is taking over every field in the world. They’re going to discover a new species and call it Spongebob Squarepants.

    New element? Let’s call it Homer Simpson!

    I hate television.

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