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08/24/2006 03:52:04 PM · #1
We all learned 9 in highschool, right?

Well now there's 8. Yepp...Pluto is no longer considered a planet of our solar system because its orbit is oblong and interferes with Neptune's orbit.
08/24/2006 03:52:48 PM · #2
I just saw that. Congrats to Xena! (actually Ceres)

edit to add Ceres

Message edited by author 2006-08-24 15:53:47.
08/24/2006 03:53:05 PM · #3
I'm taking the day off because I'm mourning the loss of a planet.
08/24/2006 03:54:46 PM · #4
Originally posted by deapee:

We all learned 9 in highschool, right?

Well now there's 8. Yepp...Pluto is no longer considered a planet of our solar system because its orbit is oblong and interferes with Neptune's orbit.


That'll teach other planets who are thinking about being oblong and interferring with other planet's orbits!
08/24/2006 03:55:22 PM · #5
Many Volcanoes Erupt Mulberry Jam Sandwiches Under Normal ...

Actually, I think there are now eight major planets and several minor ones, of which Pluto is one.

Or something...
08/24/2006 03:55:32 PM · #6
There is a thread from earlier today Here
08/24/2006 03:56:06 PM · #7
Is this a done deal - I've been following the recent debate but - is there an appelate court that Pluto can file a motion to complain, a Supreme Court or something? It's a shame to have other people that you don't even know downgrade you to a celestial object of no importance.

I demand a recount!
08/24/2006 03:57:15 PM · #8
Originally posted by srdanz:

It's a shame to have other people that you don't even know downgrade you to a celestial object of no importance.


Happens to me all the time.
08/24/2006 04:05:21 PM · #9
I just read about this. down to 8 planets... So what is Pluto ? a Star a Moon or a Space Station?
08/24/2006 04:06:49 PM · #10
Originally posted by Bugzeye:

I just read about this. down to 8 planets... So what is Pluto ? a Star a Moon or a Space Station?


Mickey Mouse's dog, or a lesser orbiting object
08/24/2006 04:09:17 PM · #11
Originally posted by Bugzeye:

I just read about this. down to 8 planets... So what is Pluto ? a Star a Moon or a Space Station?


It's a "dwarf planet".

I heard a great piece on NPR yesterday about an unseen ramification of the decision to downgrade Pluto: this may throw astrology for a loop!
08/24/2006 04:09:34 PM · #12
Actually it is is a minor planet now, the designation of lesser orbiting object or whatever has been set for things like asteroids, etc.
08/24/2006 04:12:47 PM · #13
Well, at least we still have Uranus...

I suppose this means that places like NinePlanets.org are going to have to change their name. And what about all of those encyclopedias and school science books?

08/24/2006 04:12:58 PM · #14
Originally posted by DrAchoo:

...this may throw astrology for a loop!


Astrology was pretty loopy to begin with! ;-)

Message edited by author 2006-08-24 16:13:17.
08/24/2006 04:17:07 PM · #15
Originally posted by micknewton:

Well, at least we still have Uranus...


Yours too :-P
08/24/2006 04:24:43 PM · #16
Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

Originally posted by micknewton:

Well, at least we still have Uranus...


Yours too :-P

I'd be lost without it. :D

08/24/2006 04:35:38 PM · #17
Now all the fortune tellers will have to get new cards.

Or I suppose they could just toss out any cards refering to Pluto.

Message edited by author 2006-08-24 16:39:08.
08/24/2006 04:41:36 PM · #18
Originally posted by micknewton:

Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

Originally posted by micknewton:

Well, at least we still have Uranus...


Yours too :-P

I'd be lost without it. :D


no... without it, you'd be leroy... full of crap....

;)
08/24/2006 05:30:46 PM · #19
hey but there were 2 new planets discovered, right?
08/24/2006 05:34:18 PM · #20
Originally posted by kudzu:

Originally posted by micknewton:

Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

Originally posted by micknewton:

Well, at least we still have Uranus...


Yours too :-P

I'd be lost without it. :D


no... without it, you'd be leroy... full of crap....

;)

Ouch! :D
08/24/2006 05:42:38 PM · #21
Originally posted by biteme:

hey but there were 2 new planets discovered, right?

Yeah at least 2. I read in the paper about a week ago that there is going to be a naming commete (SP) soon to name at least two new planets, maybe give Pluto it's planet status back and upgrade som objects that where considered sattelites (or something) so our little solar system might actually grow to 12 planets....
08/24/2006 05:49:56 PM · #22
I guess that explains the disturbance I recently felt in the Force - as if a million voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.
08/24/2006 06:00:59 PM · #23
Originally posted by joebok:

I guess that explains the disturbance I recently felt in the Force - as if a million voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.


Could have been that burrito you had for lunch.
08/24/2006 06:07:04 PM · #24
I say pluto is right, and all the other planets are going the wrong way.
08/24/2006 06:22:59 PM · #25
I have re-read the rules and I cannot find anywhere it says an oblong orbit is grounds for a DQ.
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