Out Of This World -- Stake a Claim to the Tenth Planet .com Domain Name

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Astronomers have made the startling discovery of a tenth planet in our solar system recently. Now, an eBay auction will allow a visionary company or individual to own the TenthPlanet.com domain in cyberspace.

NASA announced this past week the discovery of a tenth planet, larger than Pluto, in our outer solar system.

It will be decades before space explorers have the technology to reach this distant planet, and plant a flag on it.

However, the owner of TenthPlanet.com has created an eBay auction to allow enterprising companies or individuals to "stake their claim" to this "tenth planet" in cyberspace.

"We originally purchased this domain name years ago, in order to build an astronomy portal, but got sidetracked by other projects," said George Kirikos. The Canadian owner of the domain name, whose company operates other websites such as Math.com, hoped that the new owners build a website that is "out of this world."

Outer space represents virgin territory, and no country has yet raised a flag or made a claim to the Tenth Planet. This is in sharp contrast to various hotspots on earth, where countries even have gone to war to defend their land. Canada and Denmark have recently had a territorial dispute over Hans Island in the high arctic. On July 13, 2005 Canadian soldiers landed on the tiny island and erected an Inuit Inukshuk along with a Canadian flag.

While new domain names can typically be registered at prices below $35 from such registrars as Network Solutions, GoDaddy.com, eNom.com, Dotster.com or Moniker.com, prospective domain registrants have tended to learn fairly quickly that all the best domain names are already registered to others. Thus, an active secondary market has emerged in buying and selling domain names, via eBay, or other specialized marketplaces such as GreatDomains.com, Sedo.com or Afternic.com.

Domain names are used by companies and individuals to provide an easy-to-remember virtual address for their visitors to find them online. Common words and phrases like Cars.com or Hotels.com are especially desirable. In 2005, the domain name market has been very active, with the highest reported sale being Website.com for USD $750,000. Other top domains that changed hands in 2005 include Local.com, Uruguay.com and GospelMusic.com, all at prices greater than USD $100,000. Some domain names have even sold for millions of dollars, such as Korea.com for $5 million in 2000.

Visit http://www.TenthPlanet.com or search eBay for "TenthPlanet.com" to participate in the auction, which ends on August 10, 2005.

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