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Tuesday, April 18, 2023

New article on Kerry Thornley, Oswald and Eris (the planet)

A Hubble Space Telescope photo of Eris. Public domain photo. 

About ten years ago, I did a brief blog post about the solar system's dwarf planet, Eris, and the astronomer who named it, noting the scientist's apparently Discordian background. 

A new article, "Kerry Thornley: Dwarf Planet Eris, Discordianism and the John F. Kennedy Assassination," by Alden Loveshade, goes over the Discordian history that will be familiar to some of you. The naming of the dwarf planet Eris is what I know the least about, so I was most interested in that part of the story, and would like to know more. I guess I need to get around to reading astronomer Mike Brown's book, How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming.

There isn't a good photo of the planet Eris available yet apparently; I've shared what's shown at the Wikipedia article.  The story of the goddess Eris and her role in starting the Trojan War, wielding a golden apple because she didn't get invited to an important social event, is told in Illuminatus!.

Hat tip: William H. Stoddard, president of the Libertarian Futurist Society, the folks who give out the Prometheus Award. 

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