Skip to comments.Rethinking the Planets
Posted on 12/28/2005 2:36:18 PM PST by SunkenCiv
One leading proposal would define a planet as any object whose diameter exceeds 2,000 kilometers and that is round as a result of gravity, criteria that would encompass anything Pluto-size or larger, including Xena. But that doesn't sit well with some astronomers, who are irked that the scrawny iceball with the cockeyed orbit earned membership into the club in the first place. "Pluto is an impostor," says Harvard astronomer Brian Marsden, a member of the IAU committee. "The simplest thing is to get rid of it and say we've got eight."
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Uncle Teddy is a planet. Can we get rid of him?
various topics (chrono order) about Brown's Planet (my suggestion for its name):
Large New World Discovered Beyond Neptune
space.com | 07-29-05 | WestVirginiaRebel
Posted on 07/29/2005 1:42:31 PM PDT by WestVirginiaRebel
Astronomers Find a New Planet in Solar System
The New York Times | 7/29/05 | KENNETH CHANG
Posted on 07/29/2005 3:35:26 PM PDT by Right Wing Professor
NASA Funded Scientists Discover Tenth Planet
NASA.gov | 7.29.05 | Jane Platt
Posted on 07/29/2005 6:21:26 PM PDT by gopwinsin04
Distant object found orbiting Sun (Planet X aka 'Nibiru' Found by American Astronomers)
BBC | July 29, 2005 | Dr David Whitehouse
Posted on 07/29/2005 10:11:24 PM PDT by ThoreauHD
Astronomers claim discovery of 10th planet in solar system
Outlook | July 30,2005 | AFP
Posted on 07/30/2005 12:09:55 AM PDT by Srirangan
New Planet Discovered Beyond Pluto
the Proctoscope | 07/30/2005 | donprocto
Posted on 07/30/2005 4:26:35 AM PDT by donprocto
Planet or Not, Pluto Now Has Far-Out Rival
New York Times | July 30, 2005 | KENNETH CHANG and DENNIS OVERBYE
Posted on 07/30/2005 4:50:22 AM PDT by infocats
Out of this world: magazine launches name-the-planet initiative
Yahoo News | Tue Aug 2, 2005 | AFP
Posted on 08/02/2005 4:19:06 PM PDT by Nachum
Scientists discover moon orbiting so-called 10th planet (nicknamed 'Xena')
ap on Monterey Herald | 10/1/05 | Alicia Chang - ap
Posted on 10/01/2005 5:10:46 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
'Planet Xena' has a sidekick: Gabrielle
Posted on 10/01/2005 6:35:34 PM PDT by jmc1969
Tenth Planet Has a Moon!
Space and Earth science | October 03, 2005 | E-Mail Newsletter
Posted on 10/22/2005 9:33:39 PM PDT by vannrox
Hehe...I read this and imagined that he was advocating blasting out of space the iceball someone named Pluto that has been long miscategorized as a planet. KaBlam! Wait, maybe he does mean that...
From now on, everyone should ignore the distracting debates of the scientists, and planets in our solar system should be defined not by some attempt at forcing a scientific definition on a thousands-of-years-old cultural term, but by simply embracing culture. Pluto is a planet because culture says it is.
We are then left with two cultural choices. (1) Draw the line at Pluto and say there are no more planets; or (2) Draw the line at Pluto and say only things bigger are planets. Both would be culturally acceptable, but to me only the second makes sense. In addition, the second continues to allow the possibility that exploration will find a few more planets, which is a much more exciting prospect than that suggested by the first possibility. We don't think the number of planets found by the current generation of researchers will be large. Maybe one or two more. But we think that letting future generations still have a shot at planet-finding is nice.
Thus, we declare that the new object, with a size larger than Pluto, is indeed a planet. A cultural planet, a historical planet. I will not argue that it is a scientific planet, because there is no good scientific definition which fits our solar system and our culture, and I have decided to let culture win this one. We scientists can continue our debates, but I hope we are generally ignored. -- Michael Brown
Sure, just hand him a bottle of scotch and the car keys.
Not to worry. :')
Seven movements aren't enough?
2003 EL61 is one of the strangest known objects in the solar system. It is a big across as Pluto, but shaped like a cigar. Or perhaps like a football [American-style]. Or, most accurately, a foot ball that has too little air in it and has been stepped on. It spins on its axis every 4 hours like a football that has been kicked. It appears to be made almost entirely of rock, but with a glaze of ice over the surface. And it is surrounded by two satellites... Very soon 2003 EL61 will get a real name, much like Sedna and Quaoar and Orcus. But when first discovered these objects are only given 'preliminary designations' until they are confirmed and well know. There is little need of confirmation of 2003 EL61 as it has now been seen after the fact in images from more than 50 years ago! We will thus propose a name to the International Astronomical Union and that name will become the permanent -- and with luck more melodious -- name of 2003 EL61.
2003 EL 61
Far-out worlds, just waiting to be found
New Scientist | 23 July 2005 (issue date) | Stuart Clark
Posted on 07/20/2005 10:54:18 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Tomita they are. ;')
Mind being bumped?
Big-orbit Object Confounds Dynamicists
Source: Sky & Telescope Magazine
Published: Thursday, April 5 2001 Author: J. Kelly Beatty
Posted on 04/07/2001 11:46:54 PDT by vannrox
a ping, regarding:
Realizing that science is an exercise in anal retentiveness, shouldn't that definition be "spherical?"
If it were about anal retentiveness, it has to refer to Uranus.
You realize, of course, that if I hadn't said it, someone else would have.
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