Yesterday, I wrote that there is a possibility (but certainly not a probability) that there exists two dark, icy super-Earths somewhere beyond the Oort Cloud of our solar system. There could be at least two unknown planets hidden well beyond Pluto, whose gravitational influence determines the orbits and strange distribution of objects observed beyond Neptune.Read more about Gallifrey Returns… in the Oort Cloud?[…]
From the Daily Galaxy: There could be at least two unknown planets hidden well beyond Pluto, whose gravitational influence determines the orbits and strange distribution of objects observed beyond Neptune. This has been revealed by numerical calculations made by researchers at the Complutense University of Madrid and the University of Cambridge. If confirmed, this hypothesisRead more about Are Scientists on the Verge of Locating the Sith Homeworld?[…]
… Or Pluto is a Ball of Rock & Ice, not a Cartoon Dog
A few years ago, the International Astronomical Union standardized the definition of a planet and as such declassified Pluto. According to the IAU, the current official definition of a planet is a celestial body that
1. is in orbit around the Sun, 2. is round or nearly round, and 3. has “cleared the neighborhood” around its orbit
Pluto was declassified down to a dwarf-planet. The international outcry was enormous. And STUPID. Because this:
I would contend that the outcry about Pluto being declassified would have been severely muted if not for the fact that Walt Disney decided to name his iconic cartoon dog, Pluto, after the Greek God of the Dead and Ruler of the Underworld.
Recently, for some inexplicable reason, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics decided to tackle the issue of Pluto’s planet-ness again.
Gingerich argued that “a planet is a culturally defined word that changes over time,” and that Pluto is a planet. Williams defended the IAU definition, which declares that Pluto is not a planet. And Sasselov defined a planet as “the smallest spherical lump of matter that formed around stars or stellar remnants,” which means Pluto is a planet.
Phil Plait would be loathe to endorse a religious turn-of-phrase for such a ridiculous situation but as far as I’m concerned, surely, the God(s) doth jest with us: The Ladakh region of India, in the country’s north, borders with China. The two countries have had a long history of dispute over this land, so theRead more about The Humors of the God(s)[…]