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    That's no moon. EyeKhan's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by RandBlade View Post
    Planet 9 is Pluto
    If that were accepted, and I'm not saying I disagree, then our system actually has 13 planets, including Ceres, Eris, Makemake and Haumea. Add to that Planet X you get 14 planets total, which is not that big a deal. However, it is conservatively estimated that another 100 Pluto-sized dwarf planets exist out in the deep dark, meaning Sol system would have ~114 planets. That's unmanageable, I think. How are the school children going to memorize them all?

    And on the surface, that definition of the "planet" category is offering an equivalency between Ceres, Earth and Jupiter, which is hard to argue makes sense. Sure, there are subcategories... I don't know, Whales, humans, octopuses, gnats and worms are all categorized as animals, so, the merits of subcategorization can't be poo poo'd.... We could call them all Planets, Pluto being in the Dwarf Sub-category, Jupiter in the Gas Giant sub-category, Earth being in the Smallish-Rocky-Wet sub-category.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RandBlade View Post
    Planet 9 is Pluto
    Pluto is not a planet and should never have been considered one.

    But Brown needs to seek help. The IAU is going to have him committed just to get him out of their hair if he doesn't cut this shit out.
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    Still shooting for the re-designation of all rocky bodies more than 2x pluto's mass as 'super-plutos'.

    In other news, we spied on the atmosphere around this exo-super-pluto (GJ 1132b), and it has an atmosphere of either steam or methane.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-39521344
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steely Glint View Post
    Still shooting for the re-designation of all rocky bodies more than 2x pluto's mass as 'super-plutos'.

    In other news, we spied on the atmosphere around this exo-super-pluto (GJ 1132b), and it has an atmosphere of either steam or methane.
    Haha, nice.
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    Cool illustration of a useful method:

    https://arstechnica.com/science/2017...-sized-planet/
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