||[Aug. 24th, 2006|10:23 am]
Pluto is, officially and finally, no longer a planet. I admit, I'm bummed by this. Pluto has long been my favorite
planet, just because it's so small and mysterious and it has a cool setup with its moon. Charon, the biggest moon, is large enough and close enough that it really forms a double system; the center of mass that the two bodies orbit about is actually above the surface of the planet.
If you're not sure how to pronounce the name Charon, well, you're not alone. The moon is named for the mythological ferryman who carried people across the river Styx and into Hades. His name is pronounced with a K sound: KAY-ron. But the astronomer who discovered the moon partly suggested the name because his wife was named Charlene (and went by Char for short). So he prounced it the same way as the start of her name, SHARE-run. Personally, I prefer the classical version.
And, if you didn't hear, you might be wondering about my calling it the "biggest moon". Pluto has two other moons, Nix and Hydra, which were discovered only last summer.
Finally, in followup to earlier news about misplaced moon landing tapes, it turns out one tape was out there. A rock video producer had requested footage from the Smithsonian and got a reel of moon landing video. This was left in his archive until he saw the recent news story. Will other tapes be similarly located?
I kinda had a thing for Neptune....no, Saturn.....no, Jupiter.....no, no, I DEFINATELY had a thing for Uranus!
That's called Ass-tronomy. :)
Okay it's not a "planet", it's a "dwarf planet" ...
Gee the word "planet" snuck back in there and it's not really much of a change from a status quo, except now there's possibly hundereds of "dwarf planets" instead of hundreds of planets.
I'm sure glad they cleared that up. ;)
Oh man I'm horrible....
Aww! Next they'll be saying the ninja turtles don't exist.
Wait, why would we put Ceres, Pluto, and Charon in there? o_O
Or for just the eight main planets:
My Very Evil Mother Just Served Us NOTHING.
2006-08-26 01:30 pm (UTC)
Most Valiant Elves! Mordor's... etc.
Except, much as I am fond of the eponymous goddess, I think I gotta leave Ceres
out until it (she?) formally gets in. Charon, too. But if they get in, wouldn't UB313 get in also, between Neptune & Pluto?
MVEMCJSUN-UB-PC? Agggh...IGSC!**I Get So Confused.
2006-08-26 01:36 pm (UTC)
Quoting myself: MVEMCJSUN-UB-PC?
Wait. If UB313=Xena, and it should, then...
or, for the purists who will take away the B: MVEMCJSUN-UAKAX-PC
I know the real reason for all this squabble which isn't posted, but makes for a darn fine conspiracy theory. Scientists, if left Pluto a "planet" would then have to give "planet" status to the slightly larger-than-Pluto discovery: Xena. Even though is is currently UB313, people worldwide have already embraced the nickname and even calling its moon Gabrielle. Scientists being an unruly bunch who have a hard time being taken seriously after NASA failures, Mars probe issues, biologists naming animals after celebrities, etc, came together and found there were two options. Let Xena and Gabrielle make it into textbooks for future scientists to snicker about it, or to reclassify planets to exclude Xena at any cost, even Pluto. Overall, I'd love Xena, but they are hiding the truth.
Officially, blah! It's a planet to whomever wants it to be a planet ;)
It's extra-sad for me because a dear friend was born on the day Pluto was discovered. He was quite proud of that, always cited it when asked for his birthday.
He's since moved on, celestially speaking... wonder what he would have thought of this.