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Date: 11/26/10 09:00 AM

48 Responses to Should Pluto Be a Planet After All?

  1. Profile photo of midnightblis
    midnightblis Female 18-29
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    November 26, 2010 at 7:06 am
    Link: Should Pluto Be a Planet After All? - Should astronomers consider giving Pluto it`s former title of planet?
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    Farsidedown Male 18-29
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    November 26, 2010 at 9:08 am
    hells yeah, pluto should be a planet. those dam scientists, lying and sh*t! :)

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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    November 26, 2010 at 9:16 am
    Okay, having a degree in physics and astronomy, my learned opinion is, who gives a rat`s @$$?
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    SlothOfDoom Male 30-39
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    November 26, 2010 at 9:22 am
    As SMBC points out today....


  5. Profile photo of Standards
    Standards Male 18-29
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    November 26, 2010 at 9:39 am
    "Okay, having a degree in physics and astronomy, my learned opinion is, who gives a rat`s @$$?"

    that
  6. Profile photo of Gerry1of1
    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    November 26, 2010 at 9:40 am
    size issues
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    Geogypsy Female 18-29
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    November 26, 2010 at 10:02 am
    *sigh* So let`s just say that it`s acceptable to call Pluto a large dwarf or a small planet.

    The end.
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    danthew Male 18-29
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    November 26, 2010 at 10:14 am
    Damn Sloth of Doom, you beat me to it.

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    MauserTM Male 18-29
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    November 26, 2010 at 10:19 am
    Its a dog, mickeys best friend
  10. Profile photo of LordJim
    LordJim Male 60-69
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    November 26, 2010 at 11:05 am
    Dwarf planet? Planet of small stature, surely.
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    madest Male 40-49
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    November 26, 2010 at 11:19 am
    Pluto is a planet. It has 3 moons, is in orbit around the Sun. If it`s not a planet then why is mercury a planet? Mercury is only 400km wider in diameter than Pluto and Mercury has no moons. Def a planet.
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    betardfooser Male 30-39
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    November 26, 2010 at 11:26 am
    one more vote for adding the moniker of "dwarf" to Pluto`s planet status...
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    Rick_S Male 40-49
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    November 26, 2010 at 11:33 am
    "If it`s not a planet then why is mercury a planet?" Because Mercury has cleared it`s orbit, and Pluto has not. I think they should define a planet the same way here as they do for other systems. Imagine being on a planet in another system and searching for a planet by watching the Sun wobble. If it makes it wobble, it`s a planet.
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    Darkhumour Male 18-29
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    November 26, 2010 at 11:58 am
    madest it`s not so much the size as the distance and plane of it`s orbit
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    Freelop Male 18-29
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    November 26, 2010 at 12:00 pm
    If pluto isn`t a real planet then midgets aren`t real people.
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    Tacos4Brkfst Male 18-29
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    November 26, 2010 at 12:07 pm
    Pluto is not a planet. Sorry to crush everyones dreams.
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    the_windy Female 18-29
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    November 26, 2010 at 12:10 pm
    Yes it should be considered a planet, cause I`m a Scorpio, and Scorpio`s planet is Pluto. When it got demoted I was pissed cause I no longer had a planet to go with my sign.
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    Lblaxplaya20 Male 18-29
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    November 26, 2010 at 12:33 pm
    @freelop

    Therefore, Pluto is not a planet.
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    SkyeDragon Female 18-29
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    November 26, 2010 at 12:33 pm
    Pluto has been an important part of our culture. Making it a "dwarf planet" just insults all the culture concerning it. -.-
    Pluto IS and SHOULD BE a planet. So give it back it`s title!
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    SomeShoes Male 13-17
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    November 26, 2010 at 12:40 pm
    f*ck it guys, just make it a planet and go on exploring the rest of space
  21. Profile photo of BostonKaiser
    BostonKaiser Male 40-49
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    November 26, 2010 at 12:54 pm
    Just proof scientists don`t know half of what they think they do. Hundreds of years ago, scientists were CERTAIN the world was flat and the Earth was the center of the universe. Keep up the good work, geniuses.
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    Imikulate Male 13-17
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    November 26, 2010 at 1:04 pm
    @BostonKaiser

    And you know more stuff, better then they do for some reason?
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    November 26, 2010 at 1:20 pm
    Well Pluto IS a planet, a dwarf planet, so the deal is not if Pluto should be a planet or not but if it should be a Dwarf planet or a Inner planet
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    November 26, 2010 at 1:46 pm
    If its bigger than you it should be a planet, thats the safest way to view it!
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    deathxtra Male 13-17
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    November 26, 2010 at 2:14 pm
    who cares?
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    vicious_liar Male 13-17
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    November 26, 2010 at 2:15 pm
    "Just proof scientists don`t know half of what they think they do. Hundreds of years ago, scientists were CERTAIN the world was flat and the Earth was the center of the universe. Keep up the good work, geniuses."

    No. Any real scientist wouldn`t say that. At best it would be "We`re fairly sure ZYX", just like scientists say now.
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    ruthless1990 Female 18-29
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    November 26, 2010 at 2:17 pm
    @BostonKaiser
    people didnt all think the world was flat, that hasn`t been believed for a very long time.
    i know it wikipedia but heres one source
    and heres another more reliable source

    also i dont think you have any right to diss scientists, who work hard all their life to bring in new discoveries, for what is not a lot of pay.
    also i hope ur not just trolling, which i know could be the case, but i thought i would present the facts just in case
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    doopliss75 Male 13-17
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    November 26, 2010 at 2:28 pm
    "Just proof scientists don`t know half of what they think they do. Hundreds of years ago, scientists were CERTAIN the world was flat and the Earth was the center of the universe. Keep up the good work, geniuses."

    You do realise we still haven`t got a clear photo of pluto and its demotion was based on an estimation of size; then again you probaly didn`t.
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    I believe in keeping Pluto as dwarf
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    DuckBoy87 Male 18-29
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    November 26, 2010 at 2:57 pm
    I`m glad Pluto is no longer a planet. It makes Gustasf Holst`s suite entitled `The Planets` complete!

    No I personally would call it a dwarf planet as long as it is still a planet.
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    handys003 Male 50-59
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    November 26, 2010 at 3:20 pm
    Poor Pluto! We should be ashamed of such discrimination of this mere outcast of a planet. Just because Pluto is not in the normal planetary clique of the inner most eight. I mean come on look at it! It`s lonely all all by itself. Come home Pluto I still love you. Please no more discrimination.
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    Profworm Male 30-39
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    November 26, 2010 at 4:57 pm
    Astronomers aren`t even sure that Pluto is the largest object out around its distance. However, it is made up of a large amount of materials that reflect light really well, making it easier to see that most of its neighbors.

    Science has to be able to reclassify things based on new information, and that goes for EVERYTHING. Science that ignores facts in favor of sentimentality is not science.
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    Profworm Male 30-39
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    November 26, 2010 at 5:13 pm
    My bad, I know better than to respond before reading the source. :P Last I`d heard they thought it might not be the largest object, I didn`t know that had changed.
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    agamemnon Male 18-29
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    November 26, 2010 at 5:32 pm
    To those of you claiming that Pluto is a planet, I challenge you to give a definition of "planet" such that:

    1) The eight currently accepted planets fit the definition,
    2) Pluto fits the definition,
    3) the other 4 dwarf planets and 60+ dwarf planet candidates do not fit the definition, and
    4) the definition is natural. That is, it doesn`t make arbitrary distinctions just to satisfy 1-3.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    November 26, 2010 at 5:57 pm
    Just proof scientists don`t know half of what they think they do. Hundreds of years ago, scientists were CERTAIN the world was flat and the Earth was the center of the universe. Keep up the good work, geniuses.

    You`re just burbling against science. Either you have no idea what you`re talking about or you`re lying as propaganda.

    If you think I`m being unfair to you, prove your claims. Show me all those scientists who were CERTAIN that the world was flat. Here`s a free clue - there never were any, not even one.

    You`re on slightly stronger ground with geocentrism, but (a) it matched observations pretty well and (b) the first natural philosopher (`scientist` is a much later word) known to have argued against it was Aristarchus of Samos in 270 BC, who correctly argued that the sun was the centre of the solar system.

    The people who were CERTAIN that the Earth is the centre of the universe were the Christian authorities, not scientists.
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    xiquiripat Male 18-29
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    November 26, 2010 at 7:00 pm
    They should call it a "planette" da dum tish!
  36. Profile photo of inaria
    inaria Female 18-29
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    November 26, 2010 at 9:10 pm
    @BostonKaiser The great thing about science is that our understanding of the world evolves and changes over time as we incorporate new discoveries into our basis of knowledge. Yeah, so many years ago people thought the world was flat...they also used to think sperm contained little men, and that if an animal stretched its neck enough it would elongate and be passed onto its offspring. Now we don`t. How is that a bad thing?
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    Trojan Male 18-29
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    November 26, 2010 at 9:29 pm
    Pluto is just an icy piece of garbage. It`s not worth distinction as a planet.
  38. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    November 26, 2010 at 10:16 pm
    Yeah, so many years ago people thought the world was flat

    While your main point is right, there`s no evidence of people in the past thinking the world was flat.

    There are some ancient depictions of a flat world, but it`s not known whether they reflect belief in a flat world, are a symbolic/religious depiction of the world or simply reflect the fact that art had not yet developed far enough to make any attempt at depicting a 3D object on a 2D surface.

    Certainly everyone has known the world isn`t flat at least as far back as the beginning of recorded history. The size of the Earth was first measured about 2400 years ago. Erastothenes...bah, I`m going to have to look it up now.

    Eratosthenes, about 2250 years ago. I was close.
  39. Profile photo of Prejudiced
    Prejudiced Female 18-29
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    November 26, 2010 at 11:20 pm
    Angilion, China until the 17th century (with the introduction of western sea based astronomy) did believe the earth was flat. :\

    Thats pretty modern for such an ancient beleif.
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    Prejudiced Female 18-29
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    November 26, 2010 at 11:24 pm
    As for no evidence, if you want to exclude maps from such evidence there is still literature describing such things. Using the Chinese example again, here is a passage from the

    "Heaven takes its body from the Yang, so it is round and in motion. earth takes its body from the Yin, so it is flat and quiescent"

    Zhang Heng`s cosmogony (Although not recent, its a good one to show literary descriptions)

    Interestingly enough, some Chinese scholars calculated that the earth was flat, but bulging upwards.
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    November 26, 2010 at 11:29 pm
    Just proof scientists don`t know half of what they think they do. Hundreds of years ago, scientists were CERTAIN the world was flat and the Earth was the center of the universe. Keep up the good work, geniuses.
    Aw, you failed science class. No biggie, we still love ya.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    November 27, 2010 at 7:33 am
    "many years ago people thought the world was flat"

    It not? ... You`re sure?

    Has anyone Goggled this?
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    November 27, 2010 at 7:57 am
    Ah HA! You guys were trying to confuse the issue!
    Here is a link to a website that PROVES the earth is FLAT!

    Flat Earth Society

    It`s science, dude!
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    BrimstoneOne Male 30-39
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    November 27, 2010 at 10:14 am
    hmmm...several person missed out on geography and science class. Considering that the ancient Greeks calculated the the circumference of the Earth and had it spot on. And sadly most to all the "flat earth stuff" originated in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by people that where afaid of the technological pace of advancement (we`d call such persons technophobic by todays standards).
  45. Profile photo of raikun12
    raikun12 Male 18-29
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    November 27, 2010 at 10:49 pm
    yay Pluto! I`m rooting for you!
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    ROK9 Male 18-29
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    November 29, 2010 at 1:29 am
    stupid science
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    mollyscary Female 13-17
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    November 29, 2010 at 9:43 pm
    Pluto; Forever Alone.

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