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2014-06-20 02:23:57 PM  
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2014-06-20 11:08:10 PM  
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Ivo Shandor: iron de havilland: [ image 500x271]

The Voyagers have found nothing, and it's a quite crazy idea to posit that there may be a planet in the Kuiper belt.

Link from a few months ago.

There literally can't be a planet in the Kuiper Belt. Impossible. A monstrosity the size of Jupiter somehow chugging along next to Kuiper pebbles and Pluto? Still not a planet.

One of the requirements for being a planet is having cleared your neighborhood.
2014-06-20 07:01:52 PM  
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Mad_Radhu: Flt209er: iron de havilland: Almost.

I made my views on the Pluto-is-a-planet crowd quite clear in a redlit thread t'other day.

I'll just leave these here.

Wonky orbits aside, most people I've talked to become much more accepting of Pluto's demotion once they're told that Pluto is smaller and lighter than Earth's own moon. They've never had a problem with Luna never being considered a planet, and they tend to be much more open to additional details / reasons after that.

Plus it makes sense because if they didn't demote Pluto recently, they would eventually have to. We're only going to find more and more KBOs of similar size, composition, and orbital characteristics. We either have 8 planets to hundreds. There's just no way to go back to 9 without having to make a weird exception for Pluto.

Or, unless they find another ice giant out beyond Pluto. There's some rumbling that there are too many KBOs out there so *something* must be shepherding them.
2014-06-20 04:08:53 PM  
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