I'm ok with Pluto and Charon being a planet and 2003 UB313but crers? what were they thinking!
What a strange poll. Your options #3 and #7 appear to be identical.
OK... so how many planets are there now? The definition still seems like quite a mess >_<
woops it should say it's not a planet
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Here's a nice picture
Criterion 3 says "as are one or more recently discovered large trans-neptunian objects"... so how many of those are we talking about? And how large is large? Are Sedna and Quaoar counted as planets?
Maybe 12 are being conisder here's a picture of them:
Depends on whom you ask. According to this article;
Mike Brown (discoverer of the 12th planet) puts the current count at 53 objects which would satisfy the new definition, "with countless more to be discovered".
A planet is a body that is big enough to have cleared all significantly sized objects in similar orbits out of its orbit around a star. Mercury to neptune have managed to do this. pluto is one of many smaller objects moving in their own orbits like the minor planets and is such a minor planet or asteroid. Pluto/charon is also I believe in an orbit with a gravitational resonance with Neptune so it is in some way a very loosely coupled satellite of Neptune.
Most astronomers had considered this to be likely since it was discovered but had not put the effort into looking for other similar objects. Recent interest in near earth orbit objects and telescope technology and automation has made the search for small faint slow moving objects much easier, so expect lots more to be found in the next few years.
desicion made, see
Another news article, same news
Pluto is out. Only 8 planets now.
The category pluton is in, but the name pluton is out.
Also, the "small solar system bodies" name (even SSSBs for short) reeks of the suckitude that comes from having astronomers with no sense of creativity, joy or liberal arts educations.
So, what would be better names:
Demoids? (from Demon on the Neptune, Pluto, Charon theme).
Plutoroids? (from Pluto and Asteroid)
Pegasi? (Pegasus, the flying horse, was a child of Neptune).
Chtons? (For the Chthonic dieties who inhabit the underworld).
For Minor Solar System Bodies
Apollites? (from Apollo god of the Sun)
the BBC article
said that things like Pluto will not be called "plutons" (that's a geology term already) but instead they
will be officially known as DWARF PLANETS
I don't think that is especially elegant or imaginative nomenclature and it looks like ohwilleke isn't happy with it either.
So I propose those smaller bodies out around and beyond Neptune should be DOLPHINS
Resolution 6 of the IAU, in addition the the main resolution 5 (about planet and dwarf planet status) says that in addition to the dwarf planet designation that dwarf planets like Pluto. Thus, the pluton thing will stay.
Here's an interesting story on the vote.
Pluto vote 'hijacked' in revolt
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