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PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2006 9:10 pm 
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Is it true that Pluto is now not a planet but only a dwarf planet?


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Is it true that Pluto is now not a planet but only a dwarf planet?

I read a blurb about it the other day. Kind of strange!

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And everyone that went to school when they taught there were 9 planets, will have to go back for a refresher course to learn there are now only 8.

Of course being so old I won't be affected. We didn't even know we had 8 wayyyyy back then. :wink:

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And everyone that went to school when they taught there were 9 planets, will have to go back for a refresher course to learn there are now only 8.

Of course being so old I won't be affected. We didn't even know we had 8 wayyyyy back then. :wink:

Didn't the think the Earth was flat back then? :D

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I had the foresight to invest in the companies that make the mobiles and maps for schools :wink: Now all of the schools will have to buy new ones to show the correct number of planets!!!!

What? They never bought new ones after Pluto was discovered anyway so they are now correct after all of these years? Darn, those public school administrators ....... never mind.

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At least Pluto is STILL an Disney character for the time being, however Mickey released a statement that he may be transferred to Snow White as a back up dwarf.

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Pluto has always been known as the 'runt' of the planetary litter..it does not fit the classification of "terrestrial" planets like Earth,Mars,Venus and Mercury that are dense and rocky...nor does it fit the classification of "Jovian" Planets like Jupiter and Saturn that are large, low-density and gaseous...Pluto more aptly fits the description of a small ice-ball.

I can understand why the astronomical community decided it was time to reclassify Pluto as a non-planet since it has properties that are more
"comet-like" rather than planetary.

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"Pluto may be the last survivor of a lost population of objects called ice dwarfs that inhabited the primeval solar system." It may be a "distant cousin" Triton, Neptune's moon. Or it may have other "relatives" in the Kuiper Belt, a disk of icy debris left over from the birth of the solar system. Pluto and Triton survive because they have found gravitational positions in the solar system where they remain in stable orbits. Interestingly, Pluto and Neptune are in resonance orbits; Neptune circles the sun three times for every two orbits of Pluto. So, "Pluto never gets close enough to Neptune to be thrown out of the solar system." Triton was captured by Neptune's gravity. The other ice dwarfs that formed within 50 AU from the sun are believed to have been ejected by gravitational interactions with the Jovian planets.


http://www.gpc.edu/~pgore/Earth&Space/GPS/planets.html

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Didn't the think the Earth was flat back then? :lol:


Well there are days I feel older then dirt, and that's pretty old.

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At least Pluto is STILL an Disney character for the time being, however Mickey released a statement that he may be transferred to Snow White as a back up dwarf.


It is amazing how different rumors get started. I'd heard Mickey denounced any ownership of Pluto because he was a sentient being and should not be treated as a pet.

Upon hearing this Pluto gave an ultimatum to Disney to be given equal status with Goofy, and he has the backing of the ACLU.

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Pluto is also a small town in Texas that's population isn't much more than the planet.

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