maggiekb at March 27th, 2014 11:59 — #1
exonauts at March 27th, 2014 12:34 — #2
Our solar system has eight planets (again, sorry Pluto).
Wait, I thought at last count there were 13 planets (including the dwarfs, like Pluto, MakeMake, et. al.). Or are those now "planetoids"? Nat Geo is counting them.
And it sounds like the actual number has creeped up to 14.
maggiekb at March 27th, 2014 12:58 — #3
I'm going by NASA's count, which excludes the dwarfs: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/index.cfm?CFID=9384721
And, yes, my understanding is that dwarf planets are one of the many things that are classified as planetoids.
exonauts at March 27th, 2014 13:08 — #5
Makes me kinda' wish they'd come up with an entirely different classification for the dwarfs. Even "dwarf" is too ubiquitous in astronomy what with dwarf stars. But putting "planet" after it definitely muddies the waters.
fighting4peace at March 27th, 2014 13:38 — #6
All I know is that at least one of these should be named Dorris.
algomeysa2 at March 27th, 2014 14:03 — #7
Rings at 242 and 250 miles out from the asteroid Chariklo:
Maybe the tiny denizens of this asteroid have constructed two (relatively tiny) Ringworlds!
miasm at March 27th, 2014 14:06 — #8
I never gave up on you, Planet X.
brainspore at March 27th, 2014 14:21 — #9
I think most of them prefer to be called "Little Planets" now.
anthonyc at March 27th, 2014 14:32 — #10
I'm not sure what it would mean for the Oort cloud to "not exist"
heligo at March 27th, 2014 14:45 — #11
Thanks Maggie i do really enjoy your posts
exonauts at March 27th, 2014 15:07 — #12
That actually gives me and idea on what we could name the latest one:
maggiekb at March 27th, 2014 15:18 — #13
Planetoid Tyrion for the win!
brainspore at March 27th, 2014 15:24 — #14
Planetoid Tyrion isn't actually from the Oort cloud, but visited that frozen region out of curiosity and a stated desire to "piss off the edge of the solar system."
editz at March 27th, 2014 16:44 — #15
Brule should've been the host of the new Cosmos.
pjcamp at March 27th, 2014 21:41 — #16
I read that around the observatory they informally named one after Biden.
Hairball? Dr. Teeth? Coal Miner's Daughter?
Nawww! Veep! Such a gracious plenty of euphemisms for Biden and they call it Veep!
What a waste.
maggiekb at April 1st, 2014 11:59 — #17
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