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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 11:22 pm    Post subject: Tribute to Planet Pluto Reply with quote

Earlier today, 24/08/2006, the IAU announced that Pluto would no longer be a planet under it's new definition, but a 'dwarf planet', thus ending debates world-wide since it's discovery in 1930.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/5282440.stm

Here's where you can say your last parting words to number nine...
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2006 12:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I loved you, Pluto!!! LOVED YOU!!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2006 3:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dwarf planet?

Does this mean Charon still gets to be a moon?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2006 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep! He still gets to be a moon! ^_^
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2006 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Dwarf planet?

Does this mean Charon still gets to be a moon?

Charon is Pluto's satelite. Satelite = moon. It always was a moon and always will be.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2006 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And isn't it right that there are quite a number of other entities under consideration as a dwarf planet too?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2006 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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And isn't it right that there are quite a number of other entities under consideration as a dwarf planet too?

Yes, quite a few. That is the stated reason behind the new designation.

There are many objects out in that region of the solar system that have the same characteristics as Pluto. If Pluto were to be considered a planet, all those other objects would also have to be considered planets.

The choice became:

Pluto is a planet, and so are all those other objects;

or

Plutoe is not a planet, and we don't have to add a whole lotta buncha other objects to our list of planets.

When it is stated that way, the choice seems obvious to me.

So we gonna be adding objects to the list of "dwarf planets" for a looooong time, is what I be thinkin'.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2006 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

People who are in the Saggitarius cycle have got to be pretty bummed. I'm not though, I got the Sun! (I already said this in another thread, but who cares?)
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 26, 2006 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just read that the part of the definition of "planet' that Pluto specifically was said to have failed was ...and has cleared the neighborhood around its orbit.

This is extremely bizarre and ironic, because, since the orbit of Pluto crosses the orbit of Neptune, Neptune has not cleared the neighborhood around its orbit.

So, by the logic the IAU used, apparently Neptune is not a planet either.

Hm.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 26, 2006 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hahaha. I automatically thought of WoW after reading 'Dwarf Planet'.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 26, 2006 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You know, they don't like being called "dwarf" so from now on Pluto will be known as a "little" planet.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 26, 2006 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As long as it isn't 'midget planet.'
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Complexnumbers, you make perfect sense.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A dwarf has a normal-sized body, but shortet than normal limbs.

A midget has limbs and body in proportion, but smaller than normal.

So, dwarf planet or midget planet? The questoin rests on the proportions of the limbs.

Anybody got a picture of Pluto's limbs??
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



Looks fine to me...
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now Pluto won't make me pay for last night.

I dunno what that's supposed to mean.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pie lives?!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quick nuke him. Heh.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2006 2:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Imagine how special Pluto is to him...
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2006 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Something occurs to me... the words "dwarf planet" still have "planet" in them. Ergo, vis--vis, concordantly, Pluto is still a fricken' PLANET. (Stupid atronomers.)
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2006 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cortle Steeze wrote:
(Stupid atronomers.)

Well, the word "astronomer" really only means "star namer," so if they are trying to name planets, or other celestial objects that aren't stars, they are exceeding their authority anyway.

How dare they?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2006 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, astrophysicists then. Or maybe xenonomers. Or exophysicists. Or pedophi... waaait. No, that's not it.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2006 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They call themselves astronomers. That is totally up to them.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2006 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Complex_Number_States wrote:
I just read that the part of the definition of "planet' that Pluto specifically was said to have failed was ...and has cleared the neighborhood around its orbit.

This is extremely bizarre and ironic, because, since the orbit of Pluto crosses the orbit of Neptune, Neptune has not cleared the neighborhood around its orbit.

So, by the logic the IAU used, apparently Neptune is not a planet either.


Actually, because Pluto's orbit is inclined by 17 degrees, its orbit never crosses Neptune's. People say it "crosses" because at its perihelion, Pluto is closer to the Sun than Neptune. If it did, however, Pluto would either have been captured by Neptune or thrown out of the Solar System long ago.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2006 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Farewell little buddy. You will forever be missed in 2nd grade space projects...


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