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Emperor Norton I

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#1 12 years ago

The International Astronomical Union Is considering adding Xena,Cheron and Ceres to the list of planets.What are your feelings on this

Here is the full story By WILLIAM J. KOLE - Associated Press Writer PRAGUE, Czech Republic(AP) The universe really is expanding _ astronomers are proposing to rewrite the textbooks to say that our solar system has 12 planets rather than the nine memorized by generations of schoolchildren. Much-maligned Pluto would remain a planet _ and its largest moon plus two other heavenly bodies would join Earth's neighborhood _ under a draft resolution to be formally presented Wednesday to the International Astronomical Union, the arbiter of what is and isn't a planet. "Yes, Virginia, Pluto is a planet," quipped Richard Binzel, a professor of planetary science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The proposal could change, however: Binzel and the other nearly 2,500 astronomers from 75 nations meeting in Prague to hammer out a universal definition of a planet will hold two brainstorming sessions before they vote on the resolution next week. But the draft comes from the IAU's executive committee, which only submits recommendations likely to get two-thirds approval from the group. Besides reaffirming the status of puny Pluto _ whose detractors insist it shouldn't be a planet at all _ the new lineup would include 2003 UB313, the farthest-known object in the solar system and nicknamed Xena; Pluto's largest moon, Charon; and the asteroid Ceres, which was a planet in the 1800s before it got demoted. The panel also proposed a new category of planets called "plutons," referring to Pluto-like objects that reside in the Kuiper Belt, a mysterious, disc-shaped zone beyond Neptune containing thousands of comets and planetary objects. Pluto itself and two of the potential newcomers _ Charon and 2003 UB313 _ would be plutons.

Astronomers also were being asked to get rid of the term "minor planets," which long has been used to collectively describe asteroids, comets and other non-planetary objects. Instead, those would become collectively known as "small solar system bodies."




Flash525

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#2 12 years ago

I think they should just get rid of Pluto to be honest. It's obvious there are "lumps of rock" out there. Adding them all as planets seems a little pointless.




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#3 12 years ago

275px-Xenaandgabrielle.jpgXena Charon_plutoface.pngCharon 275px-1_ceres_hst_2005.jpgCeres




wee_menphis

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#4 12 years ago

I thought they where deciding to make it that pluto was going to be a "dwarf planet", and because of that they would have to make Xena, Cheron, and Ceres dwarf planets as well being that there bigger than pluto.




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#5 12 years ago

Dang...it was hard enough for me to memorize our 7 planets. ;) Seriously...I think it would be fine. I think they are so small that you really can't see them.




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#6 12 years ago
SupaStarAshI think they should just get rid of Pluto to be honest. It's obvious there are "lumps of rock" out there. Adding them all as planets seems a little pointless.

Well what do you think the rest of the planets are? Made of plastic?




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#7 12 years ago

7 ? That shows how hard it was... :p




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#8 12 years ago

^Please Vote In the Pole Its our Democratic right in the Free World and Parts of the South ;)




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#9 12 years ago

i will simply say i just think they should add them ...that is all:smokin:




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#10 12 years ago

Yes add them is what I say also..