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It's Official Then: No More Planet Pluto  
User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2538 times:

Leading astronomers have declared that Pluto is no longer a planet, approving new guidelines that downsize the solar system from nine planets to eight. The International Astronomical Union stripped Pluto of the planetary status it has held since its discovery in 1930.



I feel depressed! Sad

http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/space/08/24/pluto.ap/index.html

I was aware of these but still, we just lost a planet. Post your condolences here.  Wink

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/non_aviation/read.main/1337830

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/military/read.main/52241


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User currently offlineRichardPrice From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2533 times:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/5282440.stm

Dammit.


User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2533 times:

As I said in a Military Aviation and Space thread: Poor Pluto!

It'll take some doing for me to catch myself when I try to remember how many planets we have in our Solar System.

"Eight, not nine!"

Seems so strange, somehow....


User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5178 posts, RR: 33
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2516 times:

Define: planet

1) any of the nine large celestial bodies in the solar system that revolve around the sun and shine by reflected light; Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto in order of their proximity to the sun; viewed from the constellation Hercules, all the planets rotate around the sun in a counterclockwise direction

2) an object in orbit around a star that is not a star in its own right

Now, pluto is not a star, and it orbits round the sun, so that makes it a planet! Cmon astronomers, google says so, so it must be true!

ITS A PLANET!!!! REINSTATE IT NOW!!!!!



That'll teach you
User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2497 times:

Hmmm, does that mean that Pluto gets deleted from Gustav Holst's masterpiece "The planets", too??? Poor Engerlaenders, only a few remarkable pieces in classical music and now THAT  silly 


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User currently offlineKFLLCFII From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3307 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2497 times:

Wasn't there a somewhat-recent release saying they had actually discovered a tenth planet? Now they're downsizing the solar system to eight??


"About the only way to look at it, just a pity you are not POTUS KFLLCFII, seems as if we would all be better off."
User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21495 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2486 times:

Quoting Andreas (Reply 4):
Hmmm, does that mean that Pluto gets deleted from Gustav Holst's masterpiece "The planets", too???

It isn't mentioned anyway!  mischievous 


User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2477 times:

Now where are you going to go on holiday Alex? Big grin

Andy  old 



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User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2477 times:

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 7):
Now where are you going to go on holiday Alex?

The nearest thing to Pluto I could find, something desolate and empty.

The Isle of Man! Big grin



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User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2477 times:

Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 5):
Wasn't there a somewhat-recent release saying they had actually discovered a tenth planet? Now they're downsizing the solar system to eight??

Sedna, Quaoar, Xena and a couple of others, as I recall, are considered Kuiper Belt Objects now. As is poor Pluto! Or are they Trans-Neptunian Objects? It's all quite confusing.

If Pluto is considered a Kuiper Belt Object, then so is Charon, its largest moon, and its two other, much-smaller moons.

Ceres remains a large asteroid, located much closer to Earth.

[Edited 2006-08-24 16:17:20]

User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8956 posts, RR: 60
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2477 times:
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Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 5):
Now they're downsizing the solar system to eight??

Hey, times are tough and oil prices are high. If the solar system hadn't been downsized to improve efficiency, chapter 11 would have been the only option.

I blame management.  Wink




2H4





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User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2459 times:

Quoting Myt332 (Thread starter):
I was aware of these but still, we just lost a planet.

"I feel a great disturbance in the Force...."

 

[Edited 2006-08-24 16:13:03]

User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7801 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2446 times:

Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 5):
Now they're downsizing the solar system to eight??

I think what will eventually happen, especially as more large objects are discovered beyond Neptune, is that some additional classification scheme will be needed for objects like Pluto, Sedna, and 2003 UB313. Size aside, b/c their orbits are often at odd inclinations and are highly eccentric (Sedna for example has an orbital period of 12050(!) years, gets as close as 76 AUs and as far as 975 AUs), they are clearly very different objects in how they came to be and what their role in the solar system is.



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User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2446 times:

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 8):
The nearest thing to Pluto I could find, something desolate and empty.

The Isle of Man!

Touche, you bastard!! You'll get yours!!  devil 

Andy  old 



Growing old is compulsory, growing up is optional
User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5421 posts, RR: 52
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2437 times:

Quoting Andreas (Reply 4):
Hmmm, does that mean that Pluto gets deleted from Gustav Holst's masterpiece "The planets", too???

Pluto was never a movement in "The Planets" as Holst wrote it. The movement "Pluto, the Renewer" was written as an add-on by Colin Matthews in 2000.

From my perspective why not consider it a planet? It may not have "orbital dominance," but Pluto does have three satellites of its own (Charon, Nix, and Hydra) - why not just grandfather it as a planet and be done with it?



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User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2421 times:

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 10):
Hey, times are tough and oil prices are high. If the solar system hadn't been downsized to improve efficiency, chapter 11 would have been the only option.

I blame management.

You may still expect the retirement plan to be scrapped!

* * *


"Never go to Pluto, It's a Mickey Mouse Planet"
Robin Williams as Mork



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User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2421 times:

What about my mnemonic?

My
Very
Easy
Method
Just
Speeds
Up
Naming
Planets

What am I supposed to do now?  cry 



No trees were harmed by this message. However, several million electrons were terribly inconvenienced
User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2416 times:

By the way, NASA's New Horizons space probe may become the first and only spacecraft ever to have been launched toward a planet that ended up at a Kuiper Belt Object -- Pluto.

Regardless of that, I look forward to seeing New Horizon reach Pluto in years hence, if for nothing else than nostalgia's sake.

Come to think of it, it may be a greater honor for a spacecraft to visit a Kuiper Belt Object for the very first time -- that, and Charon, another such object, too! After all, visiting planets is so 2006.

 

[Edited 2006-08-24 16:38:10]

User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2407 times:

Quoting Mhodgson (Reply 16):
My
Very
Easy
Method
Just
Speeds
Up
Naming
Planets

I've never had to use any mnemonic, because I'm just that geeky. Nevertheless....

"My Very Easy Method Just Speeds Up Nothing"?

...Well, it was at least a try!

  

[Edited 2006-08-24 16:31:59]

User currently offlineCastleIsland From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2407 times:

Quoting Garnetpalmetto (Reply 14):
From my perspective why not consider it a planet? It may not have "orbital dominance," but Pluto does have three satellites of its own (Charon, Nix, and Hydra) - why not just grandfather it as a planet and be done with it?

Because science is based on models constructed from theory and observation, not sentimentality. Pluto does not fit the model parameters for being a planet. It's not like Pluto is offended.  Wink


User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2407 times:

Quoting CastleIsland (Reply 19):
It's not like Pluto is offended.  Wink

That's what they all said about Mars, too -- right before we had the War of the Worlds....

 Wink


User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2384 times:

Now what do we do with so many cases of this stuff?





Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2365 times:

Quoting Garnetpalmetto (Reply 14):
Pluto was never a movement in "The Planets" as Holst wrote it

Yes but it is there NOW...Mr. Holst wouldn't be present to protest anyway!  Wink



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User currently offlineKieron747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2365 times:

I wonder if all those bullshit astrologists will have to re-align their crap now that Pluto is no longer a planet?

 Wink

Kieron747


User currently offlineFrancoBlanco From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2327 times:

Well, let's not forget Rupert is still out there, so we insiders know there are still nine planets. Or was it 42?

Sebastian


25 David L : My Very Entertaining Mother Just Served Us Nine... that is all, goodnight.
26 Post contains images CastleIsland : You may not want to be posting that on the internet.
27 KROC : You're going to vacation in LHMark's sex life???
28 Post contains images David L : I guess there's some meaning I'm not aware of. Are you aware of the now defunct mnemonic "My Very Entertaining Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas"?
29 Braybuddy : Don't worry, Myt332, as long as they don't interfere with Uranus you'll be okay.
30 Post contains images 9VSPO : Maybe he should take a look at Uranus Andy.
31 Post contains images Myt332 : Braybuddy has already been there and he's told me it's a bit of a shit hole, more suited to tight fisted people. I'll give it a miss if that ok.
32 Braybuddy : Oops! My secret's out!
33 Post contains images Skidmarks : Now, thats just inflamatory - and as I already have piles............ Andy
34 Derico : Forget the astronomical Union. I have made my own new definitions of the Solar System. 4 GIANT planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune 4 Major plane
35 Post contains images AndesSMF : Perfect! So under Bush, we have already lost one planet, which one is next?
36 Post contains images Bohica : Is the solar system bankrupt? Is that why they're downsizing? Too much competition from another galaxy? Poor Pluto. It's so F#%k!ng Goofy.
37 Post contains images Klaus : I'll believe that when Pluto is actually impounded and towed away...!
38 Tu204 : The bastards! They killed Pluto! They will pay dearly for this.
39 Seb146 : I keep meaning to ask about Xena. I thought that was a planet. So where are Pluto, Xena, Sedna, Ceres, and 2005 FY9 in relation to the sun? Do they ha
40 Post contains images DavestanKSAN : [ANC on] Gawwdamn, some of you need to get a life. It took 35 fawking replies for someone to blame Bush. 35! [/ANC off] What are they going to do wit
41 Post contains images Usair320 : Well this will be hard to get used to as I grew up with Pluto being a planet Ohh well.
42 Gunsontheroof : Any reaction from the Pluto a.netters?
43 FlyUSCG : Thats the one I remember, although... It was always "My Very EXCELLENT Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas" when we said it. Excellent makes a lot more
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