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A new planet?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Deathwing, Mar 15, 2004.

  1. Deathwing

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    A new planet?

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    It seems "A 10th heavenly body has been spotted orbiting the Earth." EARTH. :thumbsup:
     
  2. Anakha1

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    That's a typo in your article. Earth's gravity isn't strong enough to affect things that far out.

    http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/space/03/14/planet.discovery/index.html

    But you still beat me to posting the story! BAH!
     
  3. Ash Housewares

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    yea, that was nonsensical, anything orbiting the earth would just be a satellite (of love?) and not a planet, plus it way far away in China or something
     
  4. Deathwing

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    It not a typo. The Sun does orbit the Earth, or did you belive those so-called "scientists"? Repent sinner!
     
  5. Anakha1

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    Errr.... *backs away from Deathwing slowly*
     
  6. iamscottbowdown

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    Sinners huh?
    Everyone knows that we revolve around the sun!
    Time to put you down
    *Pulls out super dinosaur traquilizer gun*
    *accidently shoots self in foot with said gun*
    *ZZzzzzzz*

    Yah, kinda hard to trust a article with typos
     
  7. Anakha1

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    The CNN article does back up most of what it said and goes into more detail. Some reporter/web guy just drank one too many mochafrappachinos and was thinking about the wrong celestial body when he typed that.

    Actually, given that it's a Scottish newspaper, he was probably drunk.


    Edit: I'm Scottish, so I can say that.
     
  8. TheGreatStickels

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    I could have sworn I heard about this along time ago, except it was just a suspicion that there was another planet, and they called it Planet X.


    Speaking of Planet X, some lady came into our store the other day and informed us that Planet X was coming, and we should enjoy our last days on this world.
     
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    Planet X was originally what Pluto was called, I believe, before they were sure that it existed. It was only theorized and suspected by some that a 9th planet existed.

    But Planet X is just the name given to any thus far undiscovered planets in our solar system that may or may not exist. But keep in mind that Pluto was discovered as recently as 1930 and now this one, too. The solar system is a big, dark place.
     
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    okay, so whats this about planet X coming and the world ending then?

    *glances around with panicked look on face*
     
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    Doesn't Pluto have a moon that's almost the same size as it?
     
  12. Anakha1

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    Charon (Pluto's moon) and Pluto are pretty close to each other's size, but it's not known for sure exactly what the radius of Charon is. We do know that Pluto is actually smaller than several of the moons of other planets in the solar system: Luna (our moon), Io, Europa, Ganymede, Callisto, Titan and Triton.

    Edit: Pluto's estimated diameter is 2274 kms while Charon's estimated diameter is 1172. They're both tentative, though.
     
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    Planet X was a "theorized" planet, supposedly responsible for throwing asteroids into the solar system and Pluto's highly eccentric orbit. There was never any proof that the thing existed and I haven't heard anything about it lately. This new "planet" is not Planet X, it's a tiny (relatively speaking) rock, smaller than the moon, trapped in the Sun's gravity.

    Am I the only who finds it fairly stupid that there are people who would argue about whether this is a planet or not?
     
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    no, your not.

    hence me trying to lead this into a joke about planet X coming to destroy us all, but I failed, I guess I'm just not cut out to hijack threads
     
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    Planet X is just a name given to any unknown, theoretical planet in our solar system. Pluto was called that before it was discovered and proven.

    I don't think it's stupid. It's a valid debate. Where do you draw the line at calling something a planet? Pluto is considered a planet, yet it's smaller than our moon. But our moon orbits us and this new "planet" orbits the sun. But then Haley's Comet orbits the sun, too. It's all confusing. :scratch:
     
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    It only has to be bigger than an asteroid or comet to be considered a planet (there are other considerations, I mean in relation to size).

    Ofcoarse that begs the question, how big is an asteroid or comet?
     
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    Well my lord and saviour dictionary.com says:

    1. A nonluminous celestial body larger than an asteroid or comet, illuminated by light from a star, such as the sun, around which it revolves. In the solar system there are nine known planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.

    2. One of the seven celestial bodies, Mercury, Venus, the moon, the sun, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, visible to the naked eye and thought by ancient astronomers to revolve in the heavens about a fixed Earth and among fixed stars.

    3. One of the seven revolving astrological celestial bodies that in conjunction with the stars are believed to influence human affairs and personalities.

    So by two of those definitions a planet must be visible to the naked eye. I kind of dismiss those definitions since I don't think Neptune can be considered a non-planet since it IS four times the size of earth and orbits the sun. It's definetly not a comet or asteroid.
     
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    Yes and no. The actual "Planet X" was, as I said, an actual hypothesised planet. It was cool because the "X" was like "unknown" and also "ten".

    Hence my feeling that it's a rather stupid and meaningless thing to argue about. I mean, does it really matter whether we call something a planet, asteroid, cometm, moon or fubblegub? It's not going to change anything.
     
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    That's no moon... it's a space station :surprise:
     
  20. Savage

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    Sir, I'm gonna have to ask you to leave the thread.

    Perhaps you'd be more comfortable here
     

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