This is the tenth cache in a series dedicated to our Solar System. Each cache page will have information about the planet (or dwarf planet) it represents. The series is sponsored by the Carolina Caching Club.
In July 2005, a team from the California Institute of Technology headed by astronomer Michael Brown announced the discovery of a possible "tenth planet," which was temporarily called 2003 UB313. This most distant object so far found in our solar system is just slightly larger than Pluto and takes 560 years to make a very skewed orbit of the Sun. Most planets circle the Sun very near the same plane as Earth's orbit, but the new object's orbit is off plane. Astronomers studying this object nicknamed it "Xena" and in 2006 discovered it had a moon, nicknamed "Gabrielle."
Xena's size helped spark the drive for a decisive definition of a planet. Under a proposal presented at the start of the triennial assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in 2006, the union would have added three more planets to the solar system: Xena, the asteroid Ceres, and Pluto's satellite Charon. This could have opened the door to dozens more planets being added as more large planet-like objects were found beyond Pluto.
On September 13, 2006, the IAU announced the official name of the object formerly known as Xena. The new name, which had been submitted by Michael Brown, is Eris, the Greek goddess of strife or discord. Eris's moon is now Dysnomia, daughter of the goddess Eris, spirit of lawlessness.
The Geocache Details
This micro cache is hidden in a small container design to blend in with the surroundings. It's in a well hidden public area (mini-park) of a Charlotte business park. The parking nearest the cache is by permit only. There is safe parking in the business park at the nearby bank or restaurant. Please tread lightly in this area - during the week people are working all around and like to visit and take breaks. Be watchful of others around as not to compromise the cache location. Please resecure the lid tightly and hide the cache back very well and out of sight of casual lookers. There is no room for anything to trade, only the log inside.
Please Note: You will need to bring your own pen/pencil to sign the log!
Links to the other caches in this series: