Read an update on the new objects being found in our solar system which are not being classified as planets!Yet, there are new planets being discovered!However, any new planets you may hear, or have heard, about being discovered are around other stars, not our Sun! You can read all about the search for, and discovery of, planets around other stars at http://nineplanets.org/other.html or get a very comprehensive discussion at http://www.public.asu.edu/~sciref/exoplnt.htm#preface
How will these new planets be named? The planets that are being found around other stars are given scientific catalog names (like SV168) and not the names of people (real or mythological). All objects, whether moons or asteroids or planets, are named by the International Astronomical Union according to strict guidelines. You can read about this at http://www.iau.org/MINOR_PLANETS_NAMING.245.0.htmlThanks for asking!
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