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#1 of 60 Steve Ridges

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Posted August 24 2006 - 03:09 AM

Looks like Pluto is no longer considered a planet leaving on 8 in our solar system. http://today.reuters....TS.xml&src=rss
I'm not sure what difference it makes but I feel really old when science stuff like this changes since I was in school.

#2 of 60 RobertR

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Posted August 24 2006 - 03:18 AM

This announcement kind of annoyed me. So Pluto is not a planet now, and neither is it an asteroid, moon, or comet. So it's a nonentity? They should have come up with a new category before saying it's "none of the above".

#3 of 60 Steve Ridges

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Posted August 24 2006 - 03:23 AM

I think they're calling it a "dwarf planet". Sounds lame to me.

#4 of 60 Tim Glover

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Posted August 24 2006 - 03:25 AM

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Originally Posted by Steve Ridges
Looks like Pluto is no longer considered a planet leaving on 8 in our solar system. http://today.reuters....TS.xml&src=rss
I'm not sure what difference it makes but I feel really old when science stuff like this changes since I was in school.

I feel older now too Steve. Wow. Didn't know that happened. Thanks for the info....Posted Image

#5 of 60 Scott McGillivray

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Posted August 24 2006 - 03:30 AM

In the fine words of the characters from "Me, Myself & Irene":


"Man, how the hell can they call Pluto a planet ?

What motherfuckin' planet has an elliptical orbit ?

Man, this shit don't make no sense."

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#6 of 60 Ray Chuang

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Posted August 24 2006 - 03:44 AM

I think the discoveries of Sedna and 2003 UB313 (aka Xena) since 2000 clinched the deal for the IAU to no longer class Pluto as a normal planet.
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#7 of 60 MarkHastings

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Posted August 24 2006 - 03:49 AM

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I'm not sure what difference it makes but I feel really old when science stuff like this changes since I was in school.
It definitely does give you a creepy feeling inside.

#8 of 60 BrettB

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Posted August 24 2006 - 04:12 AM

It's about time. Never could stand that little bastard.

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Posted August 24 2006 - 04:17 AM

I'm 40 this year so I don't need this to feel old. Posted Image

Actually, I kind of like it when stuff like this happens. It means more and more discovery about the solar system (galaxy, universe...etc) around us. Besides, those Plutonians need to know their place anyway. Those puny little guys better keep their little short kids off my lawn too!! Posted Image
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#10 of 60 Kevin T

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Posted August 24 2006 - 05:03 AM

but now what does that mean for my very eccentric mother? now what??!!!

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#11 of 60 Todd K

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Posted August 24 2006 - 05:04 AM

Don't like this at all -- I wouldn't be upset, but if you've got your own moons, shouldn't you be considered a planet?

#12 of 60 Jassen M. West

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Posted August 24 2006 - 05:14 AM

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#13 of 60 Marvin

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Posted August 24 2006 - 05:16 AM

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Originally Posted by Steve Ridges
I think they're calling it a "dwarf planet". Sounds lame to me.

How about "small market planet"?

In a related story, Lichtenstein is no longer considered a country.

#14 of 60 Jeff Ulmer

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Posted August 24 2006 - 05:25 AM

As the ruling planet of Scorpio, I'll be interested in seeing what the astrologers have to say. Posted Image

#15 of 60 Jason Seaver

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Posted August 24 2006 - 05:33 AM

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if you've got your own moons, shouldn't you be considered a planet?
Well, I think Charon is actually part of the issue - IIRC, it's large enough relative to Pluto that it acts more like a binary object than a satellite.
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#16 of 60 andySu

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Posted August 24 2006 - 05:42 AM

I thought it was also called (planet X).

#17 of 60 Lynda-Marie

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Posted August 24 2006 - 05:44 AM

Pluto is NOT a dwarf planet, it is "Size Challenged."

Since there seems to be some discrimination against Pluto, someone should call the IAASCP [Interplanetary Association for the Advancement of Size Challenged Planets]

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Posted August 24 2006 - 05:48 AM

Well one thing’s for sure we sure as hell can’t live on it, and even if it did have an atmosphere it’s so far out and would be very cold!

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Posted August 24 2006 - 05:52 AM

Looks like a new name a rechristening is in order to wrap the case up.

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#20 of 60 Brad Porter

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Posted August 24 2006 - 06:15 AM

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What motherfuckin' planet has an elliptical orbit ?

Uh, all of them...

And I thought they were calling it a Pluton.

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