Date: 1993 - 1999
My students came into class yesterday claiming that they had
heard that a new planet beyond Pluto was discovered. They
said that the new planet was named, Karla. I have seen
nothing about this in the papers. Another teacher said she
heard it on the news. Do you have any information about
this supposed discovery?
Yes, I have heard something about a new planet beyond Pluto ... but
not that it was named "Karla". I have a hunch, though, that the name
will not stick, if indeed it was the name, simply because all the other
planets are named after mythological figures and some consistency in
naming is always in order. I also have the impression that this planet (called
planet X when I read about it) had a retrograde orbit ... that is, it revolves
around the sun in the opposite direction as all the other planets.
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