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Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by Steve Ridges, Aug 24, 2006.
That's like saying a dwarf isn't a person. It's still a planet, dammit!
What kind of Mickey Mouse operation are those guys running? Seems goofy to me.
Pluto is called a "double planet". That's because the size of the planet (er, dwarf planet, *sigh*) and it's moon Charon are not much different in size. How embarrassing! I wish they'd mass produce Hubbles. I'd love to own one! Look at that shot!!
Isn't that what you put on your salad?
My Very Elegant Mother Just Sent Us Nine... My mnemonic doesn't work any more. I want you to know that I am feeling very depressed.
...becomes My Very Elegant Mother Just Sent Us Nothing!
Nachos, man. My mother serves nachos. Brad
They decided against calling it a Pluton when the geologic community said something to the effect of "Hey numbnuts, we already use that term!" The resulting newspaper article likened it to botanists finding a new class of plants and calling them 'animals'. It's so weird... our concept of the universe is very different than it was yesterday. Pluto joins 'Xena' and Ceres in the dwarf planet class. One unanswered question remains: Are there 11 total planets, both classical and dwarf?
As more Kuiper Belt objects are being discovered, it makes sense to set clear boundaries as to what is or isn't a planet. Really, any "planet" that's smaller than the Earth's moon should be ashamed of itself.
Look out Neptune, you're next!
As long as they don't touch Uranus [Butt-Head]Huh huh. He said 'Uranus'. Huh huh.[/Butt-Head]
Well, this has happened before. When Ceres was discovered, in the place where the planet between Mars and Jupiter ought to be, it was initially hailed as a new planet. Then came Pallas, and Vesta, and all the others, and they were bumped down to "planetoids", generally (and inaccurately) called "asteroids". I'm more interested in finding out where the real 9th planet is. Remember, the existence of such a thing was predicted from the perturbations of the orbit of Neptune ; Pluto was found in a search for the thing, and for a while was thought to be it, and then it was proved that Pluto's mass was too small to pull mighty Neptune from his ordinary path, so everybody just forgot about it. There's probably another giant planet or two out there.
Who else has Schoolhouse Rock going through their head right now? And Pluto little Pluto is the planet farthest from the sun...
I thought the Planet X hypothesis had been abandoned because the discrepancies in Neptunes' orbit was nullified by more accurate measurements of the planet's mass.
Here's a raunchy mnemonic device for the eight planets (don't click if you're a puritan): My Very Erotic Mother Just Showed Us Nipples
You feel old? Imagine the people that remember when it was DISCOVERED! They've gone from 8 to 9 back to 8.. I hate the people that are saying "They should keep Pluto as an honory planet for traditions sake." The planet is less than 100 years old, that's not tradition, galatically speaking.
Yeah, but they're over 70 years old. They can barely remember who Pluto the dog is, much less the planets discovery.
Somewhere about the house, I have a book that claims there are eleven planets. Mercury Venus The Earth Mars Vesta Juno Pallas Ceres Jupiter Saturn Herschel Of course, the book was printed in 1839...
Where's Hoth and Tatooine?
Why worry about Outer Rim planets? How about Coruscant and Corellia?