A Comeback For Pluto

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A Comeback For Pluto

Postby Yogi » 17 Aug 2014, 17:27

Us astrologers (not to be confused with astronomers) have never doubted the status of planet Pluto. It's mean and ugly and the ruler of Scorpio. Although some snobby scientists decided way back in 2006 to depose Pluto of it's planetary status, there is some strong SCIENTIFIC evidence that it deserves to get it's planethood status reinstated. It has moons and an atmosphere and who knows what else - our mission to Pluto will reveal what else next year.

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Re: A Comeback For Pluto

Postby Ice.Maiden » 17 Aug 2014, 19:17

Roll on 2015. Can't wait to see some pics, and I think it was ridiculous for Pluto to lose its planet status. First of all it orbits the sun, but they say a planet has to be: "massive enough for its own gravity to make it round, and has "cleared its neighbourhood" of smaller objects around its orbit." Does that include its moons then?
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Re: A Comeback For Pluto

Postby Yogi » 18 Aug 2014, 06:37

There were two main objections to Pluto being a planet as I recall. One was it's size and the other was it's maximum heliocentric declination. Pluto orbits at a maximum of 25° above the sun's equator while all the other planets stay well within half that. It was said that Pluto was a captured comet or stray chunk of rock. At most it was thought to be a minor planet. All that was before Hubble could literally see the truth.
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Re: A Comeback For Pluto

Postby Ice.Maiden » 18 Aug 2014, 07:02

Thanks Yogi. I don't know what "heliocentric declination" means, but can understand why it was thought that Pluto was just a comet of piece of rock because of its relatively small size. Even so, it'll always be a planet to me. I love all the new technology which allows us a glimpse of other worlds.

I also see that a "new global geologic map of Mars – the most thorough representation of the "Red Planet's" surface – has been published by the U.S. Geological Survey". It also shows Jupiter's moons, Gannymede and Io in more detail. Wonderful stuff.
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Re: A Comeback For Pluto

Postby Kellemora » 18 Aug 2014, 12:55

That's OK, Earth is considered a continuously self-composting fungus among the planets by lifeforms outside our solar system.

Ut Oh, I think they may be right!
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Re: A Comeback For Pluto

Postby Ice.Maiden » 18 Aug 2014, 15:01

:lol:
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Re: A Comeback For Pluto

Postby JackGriffin » 18 Aug 2014, 23:56

Good to see another planet even being mentioned! The whole civilised world - appears to obsessed - with Uranus!
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Re: A Comeback For Pluto

Postby Ice.Maiden » 19 Aug 2014, 10:54

[ img ] "Io, Io, star puns are out you know ...."

This was a serious thread Jack!
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Re: A Comeback For Pluto

Postby pilvikki » 27 Aug 2014, 18:11


for some reason - to me - 9 planets has a better ring to it. no idea why 8 sounds... erm... odd? just got used to the 9 perhaps?
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Re: A Comeback For Pluto

Postby Ice.Maiden » 28 Aug 2014, 16:17

Don't know about that, but Pluto'll always be a planet in my mind.
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Re: A Comeback For Pluto

Postby pilvikki » 28 Aug 2014, 17:52


meanwhile, there's mars in October! :dance:

in 2003 mars looked the size of a third moon through my telescope. it really gave me a start, I thought something had happened to the moon!
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Re: A Comeback For Pluto

Postby Ice.Maiden » 28 Aug 2014, 18:00

I'll have to try and get a telescope out and have a look. I'm not sure WHERE to look though.
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Re: A Comeback For Pluto

Postby pilvikki » 28 Aug 2014, 18:04


for mars?

I think it's in the eastern sky at dawn, but so close yet. let me see.

oh look what I found instead!

http://www.mars-one.com/

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Re: A Comeback For Pluto

Postby Ice.Maiden » 28 Aug 2014, 18:08

Yay - I've seen that, thanks. Would you like to go? I would! Wouldn't be too good leaving everyone I know, but under different curcumstances - what an adventure!

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Re: A Comeback For Pluto

Postby pilvikki » 28 Aug 2014, 18:37


oh good grief, no! I had a hard time putting up with my 3 ½ hr flight to Finland! :lol:
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Re: A Comeback For Pluto

Postby Ice.Maiden » 28 Aug 2014, 18:48

I'd be excited at the prospect of seeing a brand new world, and if it wasn't for family and close friends - I'd apply like a shot. Mind you, I don't suppose they'd want "ordinary" people. Suppose all the chosen ones'd have to be computer literate and have other skills which'd be necessary for survival.
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