Tuesday, August 02, 2005

So, no one's posted anything about that 10th planet yet. Is it big enough to be what they're looking for?


Blogger Eric said...

Massive enough for what? They were looking for massive Kuiper Belt Objects. They've found many KBOs, and this just happens to be the largest one. One might hope that this would help accelerate the process of reclassifying Pluto as only a KBO and not a planet. However, I'm not optimistic.

BTW- There are some interesting rumors going around about the circumstances of the announcement. I haven't confirmed these with anyone with first hand knowledge, so I don't want to get into it here. But anyone who is interested can find more online.

8/03/2005 04:03:00 AM  
Blogger Mwal said...

Ah, but if Pluto is not a planet, then why does the periodic table go "Uranium - Neptunium - Plutonium" ?


8/03/2005 09:31:00 AM  
Blogger Justin said...

Once Pluto is no longer a planet, we'll just redefine the periodic table. Plutonium becomes Kuiperium in honor of all the massive KBOs and the IAEA scrambles to rewrite all the nuclear non-proliferation treaties to rely on precise scientific descriptions (i.e. atomic number) rather than soething transient like element names.

8/03/2005 11:02:00 AM  
Blogger acg said...

Or, instead of deciding that Pluto isn't really a planet, there could be lots of really small planets! :)- (Is there an actual scientific definition for what constitutes a planet?)

8/03/2005 08:20:00 PM  
Blogger Vincent said...

As an astronomer, I've never understood the fascination with whether big rocks are planets or not. There's a virtual continuum of planetlike objects out there in all sorts of sizes, and drawing a line in the sand and saying that these are planets and those are not is so arbitrary.

8/03/2005 11:23:00 PM  
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