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Re: Eight planets in the solar system? OMG!
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2006, 11:07:54 AM »
I've been waiting for the results of the vote. I'll have to read more to find out exactly what they decided, but I've been hoping they'd adopt the "pluton" definition (not the same as its geological meaning) so the Pluto-Charon double system, Ceres and UB2003 313 get in.
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Re: Eight planets in the solar system? OMG!
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2006, 11:12:09 AM »
When I played Halley Project, Pluto was a planet, and a planet it remains in my book.
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Re: Eight planets in the solar system? OMG!
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2006, 11:31:12 AM »
You're so turn-of-the-millennium. This is 2006, get with the times!  :P
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Re: Eight planets in the solar system? OMG!
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2006, 11:32:37 AM »
Down with the puny loser!

Also UB2003 313 is soo technical, it is Xena for me until there is no better :)

I also don't mind if they are declared plutons, still Pluto is simply not in the same league as Earth.
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Re: Eight planets in the solar system? OMG!
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2006, 01:52:14 PM »
Darn it, Pluto *has* to be a planet. Numerologists around the world will have HUGE troubles with the Infinite 9 being so summarily dismissed  >:( Plus, now my wife will have all sorts of extra work at the planetarium, redoing museum text labels...)

'course, we could just decline to accept science. There are still Flat-Earthers around, aren't there? ;D

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Re: Eight planets in the solar system? OMG!
« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2006, 02:13:40 PM »
There are still Flat-Earthers around, aren't there?
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Re: Eight planets in the solar system? OMG!
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2006, 02:39:59 PM »
Remember, these are the people who stole the brontosaurus.  They cannot be trusted.
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Re: Eight planets in the solar system? OMG!
« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2006, 05:07:44 PM »
Modern scientist are stupid.

Nine planets you morons.
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Re: Eight planets in the solar system? OMG!
« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2006, 05:48:40 PM »
Pfft, this sucks.  Will Scorpio have to go back to being ruled by Mars?  What are astrologers gonna do?

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Re: Eight planets in the solar system? OMG!
« Reply #10 on: August 24, 2006, 10:54:28 PM »
How dare they call my home 'not a planet'?

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Re: Eight planets in the solar system? OMG!
« Reply #11 on: August 25, 2006, 12:05:55 AM »
Yes, yes, you're all very upset, but I ask you what will Sailor Pluto do now?

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Re: Eight planets in the solar system? OMG!
« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2006, 12:32:48 AM »
Yes, yes, you're all very upset, but I ask you what will Sailor Pluto do now?

Heh...but with her abilities she should have known this was coming. :)


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Re: Eight planets in the solar system? OMG!
« Reply #13 on: August 25, 2006, 03:20:55 AM »
I was hoping for twelve insteadof eight. :-(
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Re: Eight planets in the solar system? OMG!
« Reply #14 on: August 25, 2006, 03:55:20 AM »
I was hoping for twelve insteadof eight. :-(

Me too.
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Re: Eight planets in the solar system? OMG!
« Reply #15 on: August 25, 2006, 04:50:59 AM »
i always thought Pluto was a bit retrograde...
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Re: Eight planets in the solar system? OMG!
« Reply #16 on: August 25, 2006, 08:01:06 AM »
Now stop that intelligent astronomer joke thing!

On the plus side, perhaps NASA will have better luck funding missions. Now they have a fall-back position...
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Re: Eight planets in the solar system? OMG!
« Reply #17 on: August 25, 2006, 12:22:44 PM »
The science community revolts!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/5283956.stm

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But Dr Stern pointed out that Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Neptune have also not fully cleared their orbital zones. Earth orbits with 10,000 near-Earth asteroids. Jupiter, meanwhile, is accompanied by 100,000 Trojan asteroids on its orbital path.
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Re: Eight planets in the solar system? OMG!
« Reply #18 on: August 25, 2006, 07:04:59 PM »
Yay punk scientists!  :D
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Re: Eight planets in the solar system? OMG!
« Reply #19 on: August 25, 2006, 07:12:17 PM »
My reaction would have to be primarily "who cares?" Seeing as the people who consider there to be nine planets in the solar system are *the entire world*, I suggest that the onus is on the scientists to think up some new technical term and use it to define whatever they feel like.

Meanwhile, I'd like to propose that anything under 200 pages is no longer a "book", but a "minor book". Please recategorize your libraries accordingly.
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Re: Eight planets in the solar system? OMG!
« Reply #20 on: August 25, 2006, 09:13:35 PM »
What about that horrible Planet of the Apes? Shouldn't we be more concerned with making sure they don't invade? Plutonians are a peaceful people, and they have no oil or uranium, so...
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Re: Eight planets in the solar system? OMG!
« Reply #21 on: August 25, 2006, 09:21:32 PM »
Meanwhile, I'd like to propose that anything under 200 pages is no longer a "book", but a "minor book". Please recategorize your libraries accordingly.
I like this theory.  It should be applied to everything.  For example, forums with less than 20 topics could be called "florums", or perhaps "fauna", even, as in "There's nothing interesting there yet - it's still a fauna".  Computer games which only take <20 hours to complete could be "pongs" rather than games.  Stupid, useless Pluto could pave the way for a whole new generation of naming conventions.

Also, MOD NPC's with less than 30 banters shall henceforth be called "dweebs".  As in, "Hey everyone, check out the new dweeb I developed" or "Did you see the new dweeb that [insert site here] just came out with?  It makes Kari the Kobold look good!".

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Re: Eight planets in the solar system? OMG!
« Reply #22 on: August 25, 2006, 09:29:11 PM »
The apes, people! Won't someone please think of the apes!?
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Re: Eight planets in the solar system? OMG!
« Reply #23 on: August 26, 2006, 05:37:28 AM »
What about that horrible Planet of the Apes? Shouldn't we be more concerned with making sure they don't invade? Plutonians are a peaceful people, and they have no oil or uranium, so...
They got a pluton sized chunk of plutonium?
Imagine what happens if that hits earth?

Btw, this 'cleared its orbital path' stuff is really a poor excuse. Earth is still busy sweeping its path. I think a better definition would be a limit in the escape velocity.
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Re: Eight planets in the solar system? OMG!
« Reply #24 on: August 26, 2006, 07:45:20 AM »
See, Avenger_teambg, the problem is that sounds too logical. How the heck are they supposed to sell whoile new fext series and curriculum tools to schools and universities, when someone actually comes up with a simple rule of thumb like that? You just put an entire industry on the skids :)