Over the past week or two, there's been talk by the science guys of two additional planets out there in our solar system. I should note....there's only talk, no pictures and absolute evidence. You see, there are some 'bounces' and disturbances a bit beyond Pluto....which leads the science guys to suggest that two planets must exist beyond it and within a reasonable distance. Size isn't a given, and it's just talk at this moment.
This brings up this topic which will be hotly debated at some point....what do you name the two new planets.
Greek names? Roman names? Could we finally name a planet after Socrates? Might one of the two planets be named just plain "Planet X"?
All of this will transpire into parties and dinners around the astronomy guys....who sit and sip chilled Budweiser and eat peanut butter sandwich while they sip. In the background, music will be played....Memphis blues, Italian opera, and Johnny Cash epics. Guys will talk about their failing car transmission one moment, and define comet name listings the next.
Some folks will eventually come to find the two planets....noting that they aren't that big. Naturally, the number one plan then? You gotta send a probe out there, and it means a $500 million program, more revenue for the space crowd, and designed to answer the question....what's on this planet?
How long might it take to prove this? It might take five years for someone to finally solve this. Maybe it's unsolvable unless we send the probe to prove this. And we might just discover that it's all bogus and dreamed up by one guy with an agenda to simply get more probe money. So, you just don't know.