Mike Brown, aka Pluto Killer, got a message from his daughter to name Planet Nine after her when he finds it.
It was a big day for Caltech astronomer Mike Brown yesterday. He and his colleague Konstantin Batygin announced that they discovered Planet Nine through mathematical modeling and computer simulations. They do not know where Planet Nine is and have not been able to spot it yet.
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Mike Brown's daughter is already claiming the naming rights, once her daddy finds Planet Nine. Mike Brown tweeted a drawing of his daughter Lilah congratulating her planet hunter dad for the Planet Nine discovery. She writes on the note: "Please name the 9th planet after me when you find it!"
Mike Brown states in his Twitter profile @plutokiller, that he is a finger-wrapped dad. So there you go. Planet Nine, if it ever will be discovered, will likely be called Planet Lilah. See the cute drawing below.
50-year-old Mike Brown refers to himself as the man who killed Pluto. This explains is cool Twitter handle. Pluto got degraded to dwarf planet after Brown's discovery of the dwarf planet Eris. He published in 2010 a book titled: "How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming is the 2010."
Planet Nine was the biggest topic in science news on Wednesday. Mike Brown picked his favorite coverage of his discovery. He calls Kevin Drum's report on Mother Jones "Best. Planet. Nine. Article. Ever." He is right. It is a fun read. It starts with "Oh FFS."
Watch Mike Brown and Konstantin Batygin explain the Planet Nine discovery in the video below. I find this the best way to understand what just happened in Astronomy.
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