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Total comments: 16 | Last comment: 08-04-2005 at 08:32
From: (Roosevelt, UT)
Joined: July 20th, 2005
I wonder what they will call it. This is a good set of news
Joined: December 28th, 2002
|The IAU (International Astronomical Union) has to be the one to officially designate any discovered body as a planet or not. Even NASA referred to it as a tenth planet, or so I heard, but they don't have the authority to decide that. It remains to be seen whether or not the IAU will designate this as a planet. No one knows, but I personally feel that they will not choose to call this a planet, despite its size. It's really just a very large Kuiper Belt Object in a wildly inclined orbit. It's like a bigger Pluto, but Pluto should only be considered a planet for historical and sentimental reasons. These stories were rushed out the door because a hacker found the info and was about to release it himself. I would bet that if they had been able to take their time in releasing this they wouldn't have called it a planet but waited instead on an official decision by the IAU. |
Joined: May 4th, 2003
|where'd u get that bit of information? |
Joined: January 3rd, 2005
|This 'planet' was discovered years ago...old news. |
Joined: October 25th, 2004
|Old news?... |
From: (Barrie, Ontario)
Joined: November 25th, 2002
|#4 Thats was Senda yur talking about. |
Joined: September 19th, 2002
|Actually no, it has only just been clasiffied as a 'planet' officially. |
Its current designation is 2003UB313.
Sedna is a planetoid about a million miles closer.
Joined: March 6th, 2005
|man they found that . well what ever it is ages ago. no offence , but its just a huge asteroid as far as I know |
From: (Winston-Salem, NC)
Joined: December 25th, 2004
|It's been theorized there was a tenth planet with an even weirder orbit than Pluto... |
I always had a hunch there was too. I'm glad bonified scientists proved my hunch true
Joined: December 28th, 2002
|I got the hacker information from an AP story about the planet. If you do a quick search on google it'll turn up the story. #8 Planet X is just a theory, and a very poor one at that. No one has found anything in our solar system matching the description (a planet at least 3-4 times earth's mass in a highly elliptical orbit). This 10th "planet", not to be confused with X, is just a little ice ball about 1.5 times pluto's size and with a surface of frozen methane. |
From: (New York, New York)
Joined: April 28th, 2004
|When was Sedna classified a "Planetoid"? |
Im still pretty sure its a planet. If it isnt, the new one isnt. They said Sedna was a part of a rock belt outside the system. If Sedna isnt, then why in hell would "2003UB313" be?
Joined: January 16th, 2004
|There's been several 10th Planets discovered over the years if I recall correctly (probably don't, knowing me). |
Wonder if they'll call it Mondas
Joined: February 11th, 2005
|Unfortunately, there is no real consensus on the definition of a planet. Some view this object as Kuiper Belt object instead of a planet. Infact many astronomers view Pluto as a Kuiper Belt object and not a planet. However, some view that since this new object is much larger than Pluto, that the term planet should be extended to it. As of yet the IAU has no agreement as to what constitutes a planet. The debate has been going on from 6 months to 5 years. It's pretty much because astronomers never defined the word "planet". |
Joined: September 16th, 2003
|The debates been going on for longer than five years - it began getting serious as long ago as when Pluto was found and also erupted when calculations of the total mass of the asteroid belt where made and a decision had to be taken on whether or not to classify it as a dead planet. It isn't thought to have been so. |
Holst must be furious. Yet another one to put to music, he already lags behind by one...
Joined: February 26th, 2003
|It was pretty cool to hear about Quaoar and Sedna, but this is definately nice. |
Danar, Pluto is considered a planet, but this thing is discovered and you're trying not to call it a planet?
Joined: February 11th, 2005
|Problem with defining what constitutes a planet is that we have a lot of them covering a wide range of sizes and compositions. While there are quite a few astronomers that challenge the classification of Pluto as a planet, most more or less consider Pluto a planet simply, because it is generally accepted by people to be b planet. |
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