Pluto is no longer a planet!

by SirNose586 29 Replies latest social current

  • SirNose586

    Well folks, read it and weep.

    I certainly am....

    They've made it tough for you and me, they really have. "My Very Elegant Mother Just Sat Upon Nine...." Nine what, you jerkpiece astronomers?? Nine WHAT?

    In the end I guess I shouldn't be suprised. Size really does matter.

  • Arthur

    Does this mean that he can't play with Goofy and Mickey anymore?

  • Gill

    As my son said: 'What!!!! Everything's downsize and cutback these days, even the solar system! It's disgraceful!' And he wasn't kidding either!

  • Skimmer

    Pluto should not have been classified as a planet in the first place when it was discovered back in 1930 by then 24 year old Clyde Tombaugh. Pluto fails to meet multiple traditional planet criteria: it is the smallest by far, it had a perihelion that intersected another planet's orbit, its eccentricity is the highest, and its ecliptic inclination is also much larger than any other planet.

    To be fair, at the time of its discovery, astronomers thought that it was rather larger and more dense than it really is. Also, it was not until the past couple of decades that the nature of the Kupier Belt was understood; now we know that there may be dozens of Pluto-like objects scattered on the fringes of the solar system. Indeed, it was perhaps in the mid 1980s that there first began a movement by some astronomers to remove Pluto from the planet list. I think that they were unsuccessful for a long time in part because Tombaugh, who by all reports was a really nice and humble person, was still alive and many astronomers thought it would be an insult to him to "degrade" his discovery. (He passed on in 1997.)

    Pluto is not the first body to get bumped. The asteroid Ceres, some 600 Km in diameter, was called a planet for a while in the 19th century before the nature of the asteroid belt was better understood.

  • Forscher

    Ah, folks!
    They just didn't want to find four more names for new planets!!! And they certainly didn't want to name one of them Xena!!!

  • stillajwexelder

    My Very Elegant Mother Just Sat Upon Nine...." Nine

    Me Very Early Monday, Jumped Sperm Up Nancys' Panties - I will have to cahnge my rhyme

  • SirNose586
    Ah, folks!

    They just didn't want to find four more names for new planets!!! And they certainly didn't want to name one of them Xena!!!


    You know, I think I would be more upset by a planet being called Xena, than by losing Pluto. Actually, it could even be worse. They could name a new planet based on their new criterion, and give the name to the highest bidder!

  • RubaDub

    I read that some Scientists were referring to the announcement as New Light.

    Rub a Dub

  • dmouse

    I learned it by this saying at school:

    My Very Easy Method Just Speeds Up Naming Planets.

    I think astronomers will get pissed off after a few years trying to explain to the Great Unwashed what happened to Pluto and wish they'd never bothered.

    I also heard that astronomers were fed up of the toilet humour associated with Uranus (youranus) and are thinking of renaming it Buumeholey (Bumhole)

  • Finally-Free

    Life will never be the same for me again.


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