Proposal would increase planets from 9 to 12

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  1. TheWinDork

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    PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) -- Our solar system would have 12 planets instead of nine under a proposed "Big Bang" expansion by leading astronomers, changing what billions of schoolchildren are taught about their corner of the cosmos.

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    Grrr... why can't they just leave stuff alone? :mad: Idiot Liberals.

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  2. EdSutton

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    Actually, the proposals being 'debated' :rolleyes: range from doing nothing, to cutting the number to eight, to increasing the number, with one to even go over 50. Whatever is done will be "cast in concrete" - er, that is, until another new discovery is made in the next six months. :rolleyes:

    :laugh: :sleep:

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    You do know that this term is redundant, I presume? :rolleyes: :laugh: :thumbs:

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    Does the Bible speak to 9 planets somewhere that I'm not aware of?
     
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    :smilewinkgrin: Exactly.

     
  6. Daisy

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    Yeah, they should freeze things at your level.
    I suspect these leading astronomers would compare rather favorably to you in terms of idiocy - at the very least, they seem to have a grasp of the topic.

    Why do you call them 'Liberals'? That's ridiculously presumptuous considering you know nothing about their politics.

    That comment is just rude as is EdSutton's.
     
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    I guess he figures anyone smart enough to pass calculus and graduate level physics must be a liberal.

    Not entirely true, BTW. I know some very bright PhDs, who are conservatives, and quite a few who are libertarians.

    Incidentally, this idea, if adopted, just makes official what astronomers have known for a long time. There is no hard division between planets and other bodies in the solar system.
     
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    yup, I'd be very embarrassed were I an astronomer. They've had it all figured out....til now
     
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    This has to do with defining what a planet is (Pluto has had very up and down status as a planet due to its size and orbit). They are calling Pluto and other smaller bodies "plutons." Plutons are still planets but differ from them in their size and orbit. Ceres, a body between Mars and Jupiter, I believe, and which was formerly a "dwarf planet," will be a pluton. And a planet/pluton further from Pluto was discovered: UB313

    This article explains it:



    A final decision will be made on Aug 24th at a gathering of 1,000 astronomers.

    I am following this since I used to be an astrologer (astronomers hate astrologers, but astrologers keeps up with new things like this and absorb it into their practice) and it might affect astrology today, which is something my ministry deals with.

     

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