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Ghost In The 'Lac
08-24-2006, 11:01 AM
Pluto 'no longer a planet'





http://cdn.digitalcity.com/aoluk_articles/0e/06/20060814084909990001.44e071e0-00194-055e1-400cb8e1
Pluto is no longer classed as a planet under new guidelines drawn up by leading scientists



(http://aolsearch.aol.co.uk/web?query=pluto%20planet&isinit=true&restrict=wholeweb&invocationType=dayuk_news)
Leading astronomers at a meeting in the Czech Republic have declared Pluto is no longer a planet under historic new guidelines that downsize the solar system from nine planets to eight.
After a tumultuous week of clashing over the essence of the cosmos, the International Astronomical Union stripped Pluto of the planetary status it has held since its discovery in 1930.
The new definition of what is - and isn't - a planet fills a centuries-old black hole for scientists who have laboured since Copernicus without one.

Although astronomers applauded after the vote, Jocelyn Bell Burnell - a specialist in neutron stars from Northern Ireland who oversaw the proceedings - urged those who might be "quite disappointed" to look on the bright side.
"It could be argued that we are creating an umbrella called 'planet' under which the dwarf planets exist," she said, drawing laughter by waving a stuffed Pluto of Walt Disney fame beneath a real umbrella.
"Many more Plutos wait to be discovered," added Richard Binzel, a professor of planetary science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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The decision by the prestigious international group spells out the basic tests that celestial objects will have to meet before they can be considered for admission to the elite cosmic club.
For now, membership will be restricted to the eight "classical" planets in the solar system: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.
The new definition of a planet is: "A celestial body that is in orbit around the sun, has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes a ... nearly round shape, and has cleared the neighbourhood around its orbit."
Pluto is automatically disqualified because its oblong orbit overlaps with Neptune's.
Instead, it will be reclassified in a new category of "dwarf planets", similar to what long have been termed "minor planets".
The definition also lays out a third class of lesser objects that orbit the sun - "small solar system bodies", a term that will apply to numerous asteroids, comets and other natural satellites.
Experts said there could be dozens of dwarf planets catalogued across the solar system in the next few years.
It was unclear how Pluto's demotion might affect the mission of NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, which earlier this year began a nine-year journey to the oddball object to unearth more of its secrets.






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The Wizzard
08-24-2006, 11:16 AM
good info, thanks

pneumatic
08-24-2006, 11:34 AM
Who cares..

LHX
08-24-2006, 12:16 PM
poor pluto

any comment from the plutonians?

Dirty Knowledge
08-24-2006, 01:14 PM
Wow so they had it fucked up this whole time? Fuck science.

The Wizzard
08-24-2006, 02:06 PM
Who cares..

there is nothing wrong with accumulating knowladge of our surroundings.

JASPER
08-24-2006, 03:32 PM
Who cares..Exactly.

LHX
08-24-2006, 03:34 PM
the oppressed plutonians care

JASPER
08-24-2006, 03:36 PM
You're a terrible moderator.

LHX
08-24-2006, 03:45 PM
i guess i cant use you as a reference on my resume?

JASPER
08-24-2006, 03:50 PM
Bake me a pie and I'll give you great reference. One that will get you a job as shoe shiner of the shiniest shoes in the world.

LHX
08-24-2006, 03:57 PM
if you ever started a forum, you would want me to moderate it

JASPER
08-24-2006, 04:09 PM
You have been on my forum a couple of times.... so I can say you're experienced...

LHX
08-24-2006, 04:15 PM
You have been on my forum a couple of times.... so I can say you're experienced...
which one?

JASPER
08-24-2006, 04:23 PM
The one with the racist pedophiles and New Jersey gunslingers who in person are very nice guys.

LHX
08-24-2006, 05:22 PM
fuck man

i dint even know you ran that place

JASPER
08-24-2006, 05:37 PM
I run a lot of places... a lot of places I'm not very proud of

tajeco
08-26-2006, 09:35 PM
Besides that, because of the orbit of Neptune and Pluto, Neptune was the furthest planet from the Sun between 1979-1999.

pi-pol
09-04-2006, 10:28 AM
Wow so they had it fucked up this whole time? Fuck science.

No, this is the beauty of science: this ability of taking nothing for granted and changing its views if they find the proof that they were wrong or things are different that what they thought it would be (something than most religions are totally unable to do...)

snapple
09-04-2006, 10:33 AM
my life will never be the same =(

7EL7
09-04-2006, 11:11 AM
No, this is the beauty of science: this ability of taking nothing for granted and changing its views if they find the proof that they were wrong or things are different that what they thought it would be (something than most religions are totally unable to do...)


we're gonna learn about planets today children, (yeyyy ! background )

ok now, does any one know what the name of the smallest planet is ?

oh oh oh me !

ok jerry whats your answer


its Pluto

Jerry if you were to say that yesterday you'd be right

but this morning at 7:30am scientist found out that they have been giving people false information........

diesel
11-21-2006, 03:58 PM
Odb Has Died There Were 9 Members Of Wu-tang Just Like 9 Planets In The Solar System Wu - Tang Is Divine

The Universe Has Corrected It Self Now There Is Only 8 Planets In The Solar System

Wu - Tang Are The Gods

Black Man
11-21-2006, 04:05 PM
a ploy to make money off of text books. after they re-write them and make some money, they'll say pluto is a planet, and make some more money.

Prince Rai
11-22-2006, 04:22 PM
^?

diesel
11-25-2006, 05:51 PM
jus remember what i said

shaolinsword
11-25-2006, 05:57 PM
did they just put the names of planets in a hat and pull out pluto?

oDoUoSoKo
11-25-2006, 06:02 PM
didnt someone relate this to wu in which odb died so they lost one and are now down to 8?

shaolinsword
11-25-2006, 06:53 PM
didnt someone relate this to wu in which odb died so they lost one and are now down to 8?

yup

snapple
11-25-2006, 10:53 PM
Odb Has Died There Were 9 Members Of Wu-tang Just Like 9 Planets In The Solar System Wu - Tang Is Divine

The Universe Has Corrected It Self Now There Is Only 8 Planets In The Solar System

Wu - Tang Are The Gods

so when all of wu-tang is dead the universe goes bye bye?

ed-word
11-26-2006, 03:54 AM
i want to see reakwon walk on water!

shaolinsword
11-26-2006, 04:58 AM
who can turn water to wine then?

Lil' Ruger
11-26-2006, 05:09 AM
poor pluto

any comment from the plutonians?

"were very hurt....we think this is just a way of the astronomers to get back at us from being on that show...."

http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n153/skinnycf/at_oglethorpe1.jpg
http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n153/skinnycf/at_emory1.jpg http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n153/skinnycf/plutopic1.jpg


AND A WORD FROM THE MOONINITES

"we dont give a damn the moon is all powerful err show them the meaning of pain"

"PAIN BITCH! get that fucking camera----"

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tajeco
11-29-2006, 12:05 AM
Odb Has Died There Were 9 Members Of Wu-tang Just Like 9 Planets In The Solar System Wu - Tang Is Divine

The Universe Has Corrected It Self Now There Is Only 8 Planets In The Solar System

Wu - Tang Are The Gods

nice connection