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When I was a kid

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by azert, Jul 30, 2005.

  1. azert

    azert Senior Member

    Joined: Dec 29, 2003 Messages: 1,798 Likes Received: 35

    LOS ANGELES - Astronomers announced Friday that they have discovered a new planet larger than Pluto in orbit around the sun. The finding will likely renew debate over what exactly is a planet and whether Pluto should keep its status.

    The unnamed object — the farthest-known object in the solar system — is currently 9 billion miles away from the sun, or about three times Pluto's current distance from the sun. Astronomers do not know its exact size, but its brightness shows that it is at least as large as Pluto and could be up to 1 1/2 times bigger.

    "This is the first object to be confirmed to be larger than Pluto in the outer solar system," Michael Brown, a planetary scientist at the California Institute of Technology, said in a telephone briefing.

    The briefing was hastily arranged after Brown received word that a secure Web site containing the discovery was hacked and the hacker threatened to release the information.

    Brown labeled the object as a 10th planet, but there are scientists who dispute the classification of Pluto as such. There is no official definition for a planet and setting standards like size limits or orbital patterns potentially invites other objects to take the "planet" label.

    Brown and colleagues Chad Trujillo of the Gemini Observatory and David Rabinowitz of Yale University first photographed the object in 2003 using a 48-inch telescope at the Palomar Observatory. But it was so far away that its motion was not detected until data was analyzed again this past January. It will take at least six months before astronomers can determine its exact size.

    The new planet is rocky and icy, similar to Pluto, and is the third brightest object located in the Kuiper belt, a disc of icy debris beyond the orbit of Neptune, Brown said.

    It has taken scientists this long to find the planet because its orbit is at an angle compared to the orbits of most planets.

    Alan Stern of the Southwestern Research Institute in Boulder, Colo., said he was not surprised by the discovery since other objects around the size of Pluto have been found in the Kuiper Belt. What's unique about the latest finding is that the object appears to be bigger than Pluto, he said.

    "Unless they've made a grave mistake, this is for real," said Stern, who had no role in the discovery.

    On Thursday, another group of astronomers claimed that they found a bright object beyond Neptune, but it turned out to be smaller than Pluto. Brown said his group also found another object that was also brighter but smaller than Pluto.

    Brown has submitted a name for the new planet to the International Astronomical Union, which has yet to act on the proposal. He did not release the proposed name.
  2. Gunm

    Gunm Banned

    Joined: Aug 31, 2003 Messages: 12,427 Likes Received: 2
    we should blow it up to maintain the integrity of text books everywhere
  3. wAndEreR

    wAndEreR Member

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  4. Bumboclot.

    Bumboclot. Member

    Joined: Jul 16, 2005 Messages: 994 Likes Received: 46
    psh...i hate science.
  5. CACashRefund

    CACashRefund 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Oct 8, 2004 Messages: 14,171 Likes Received: 272
    I concur.
  6. FunTimePartyTeam

    FunTimePartyTeam Senior Member

    Joined: Apr 19, 2005 Messages: 2,029 Likes Received: 0
    I wonder if its made out of rock candy?

    What would you guys name it?
  7. ODS-1

    ODS-1 Elite Member

    Joined: Jul 21, 2003 Messages: 3,575 Likes Received: 0
    As if we are ever going to figure out how to get there.
  8. synaps

    synaps Senior Member

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    CRAMPS Senior Member

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    hey I live in boulder...

    and i have met that alan guy..I was on a trip with my astronimy class and went to the planitarium.

    my friend used to work at the planitarium and we would get private lazer shows stoned out of our gords...then we hooked a playstation 2 up to the planitarium projector and played games and watched movies on a screen bigger than your house...

    SHIT i miss that...

    anyway...Im stoked that we have a new planet..if you have ever taken astronamy..its quite the mindfuck..most people in my class were a sleep..but i was wide awake and exited at the explanation of the distance of the width of our galaxey and picture of exploding stars that are 200 billion light years tip to tip.

    it just doesent make sence
  10. Hokus

    Hokus Member

    Joined: Mar 11, 2004 Messages: 482 Likes Received: 0
    ..now thats just fuckin ridiculous!!!
  11. 26SidedCube

    26SidedCube Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 18, 2003 Messages: 6,590 Likes Received: 10
    Wow. Great. How much money did it cost to figure that out?

    KING BLING Guest

    We should name it "Bush" after the roman god of retarded...
  13. goonstock

    goonstock Member

    Joined: Jul 19, 2002 Messages: 716 Likes Received: 0
    zecharia sitchin pwns this thread
  14. gren1 bnc

    gren1 bnc Senior Member

    Joined: Nov 19, 2004 Messages: 1,010 Likes Received: 0
    :haha: :haha: :yuck:
    thats the first thing i thought.
  15. bostonsnewest

    bostonsnewest Veteran Member

    Joined: Oct 8, 2004 Messages: 5,801 Likes Received: 205
    ya they named it 2003 UB313....what the fuck is that? what happened to naming them after gods?