The official list of dwarf planets now has four entries: Kuiperoid 2005 FY9 alias (136472) alias Makemake - see here for pronounciation issues with this Polynesian word - joins Ceres, Pluto and Eris and is also the 3rd official plutoid. Its naming decision seems to have been relatively uncontroversial while the third big Kuiperoid announced in 2005 still has to wait because there's a lingering question of priority over 2003 EL61. Which is also not exactly spherical but shaped like a football due to its fast rotation, a fact that might even threaten its future classification as a dwarf planet, despite its size. (This incidentally calls into question the "hydrostatic equilibrium" demand as a key criterion for both planets and dwarf planets: Even beyond a diameter of 1000 km a body can still be very un-spherical.)
In other news NASA's Wayne Hale recalls a solar flare scare on the ISS in 2006. • There is a new candidate for the brightest star in the Galaxy. • And to look at: a movie clip of 2008 BT18 near Earth, heavy image processing of comet Boattini, apparently revealing a dust tail next to the ion tail, and hi-res images of the ISS from 14 July and 13 July showing well the new Columbus and Kibo modules.