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From MSNBC [Aug. 14th, 2008|06:24 pm]
Pluto is a Planet
infidelbookworm

Does Pluto deserve a place among our solar system's main planets, or were astronomers right to demote it to second-class status?  Two years ago, poor Pluto's plight touched off the dispute over the how you define a planet, but now it's about much more than one little icy world.  The Great Planet Debate rises to a whole new level this week, and thanks to the Internet, you can join in the debate yourself.

The long-awaited debate takes center stage at Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory, which is the base of science operations for NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto and other denizens of the solar system's outer regions.

The main event comes at 4:30 p.m. ET Thursday, when Mark Sykes of the Arizona-based Planetary Science Institute faces off against Neil deGrasse Tyson of New York's Hayden Planetarium.  You can register to watch the Sykes-Tyson debate as well as other "Great Planet Debate" presentations via streaming video.  The event's organizers also hope to pass along some questions for the debaters from the online audience.

Read the rest here:
http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/08/12/1260880.aspx
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Goddamned upstart [Jun. 19th, 2007|10:14 pm]
Pluto is a Planet
half_my_own_man
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html

"Eris, a dwarf planet currently orbiting the Sun at about twice Pluto's distance, has been measured to have about 27 percent more mass than Pluto.  The mass was calculated by timing the orbit of Eris' moon Dysnomia.  Images taken with a ground-based Keck telescope, when combined with existing images taken by Hubble Space Telescope, show that Dysnomia has a nearly circular orbit lasting about 16 days.  Cataloged as 2003 UB313 only a year ago, infrared images also showed previously that Eris is actually larger in diameter than Pluto.  The plane of Eris' orbit is well out of the plane of the Solar System's planets.  In the above drawing, a scientific artist has imagined Eris and Dysnomia orbiting our distant Sun.  No space missions are currently planned to Eris, although the robotic New Horizons spacecraft bound for Pluto has recently passed Jupiter."
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From the Wall Street Journal [May. 8th, 2007|08:19 pm]
Pluto is a Planet
half_my_own_man
I meant to post this quite some time ago, but I hope it will still to new to some of Pluto's fan base.

Image of newspaper article under this cut.Collapse )

Oh, here's the text online.  Cool.
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NPR [Aug. 27th, 2006|08:46 am]
Pluto is a Planet
manlaughing
This NPR webpage has an audio story,

Pluto, the Un-Planet? by David Kestenbaum

and a text timeline,

Pluto's Rocky Road by Kelly Reeves

Enjoy.
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PLUTO PLANET [Aug. 26th, 2006|01:16 pm]
Pluto is a Planet
grandmasterjoe


Recently the International Astronomical Union voted on a new definition of the word planet, demoting Pluto to a mere "dwarf planet". Fight back and proudly show your support for Pluuto, the PLANET and planetary justice with these "Pluto is a planet" and "Stop Planetary Discrimination" products.

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Pluto Power [Aug. 26th, 2006|09:33 am]
Pluto is a Planet
manlaughing
A poster for my desk at work.Collapse )
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Pluto [Aug. 26th, 2006|01:57 am]
Pluto is a Planet

joyful_lament
[Current Location |In Orbit]
[mood |awake]
[music |Gackt-Luna]

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