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Monday, November 07

Geek

Dammit, Scientists!

I always wondered why certain trans-Neptunian objects were classified as "cubewanos".  Where did that name come from?  There are plutinos (makes sense, planetoids similar to Pluto), classic and resonant Scattered Disk Objects (SDOs), Kuiper Belt Objects, and so on, which are mostly self-explanatory.  But cubewanos?

Turns out the first example found was classified as (15760) 1992 QB1.  Other similar objects were named QB1-os - as in spaghettios.  And that ended up being spelled cubewanos.

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