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Re: On the way to Pluto at last!

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Re: On the way to Pluto at last!

Post by Anaxagoras » Wed Jul 15, 2015 5:48 am

First known image of Pluto (1930).

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These are the images in which Pluto was found, because it changed position between the two images while the background stars stayed fixed.
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Re: On the way to Pluto at last!

Post by ed » Wed Jul 15, 2015 1:59 pm

My (published) letter to the editor in today's Times:
Pluto is a planet,. Pluto has spent it's life believing that it is a planet and doing planet like things. Modern thinking has taught us that planetness is largely a social construct, invented by a white, male, exclusionary, heterosexual patriarchy. As such, it is wrong to force a micro-aggressive name on this entity. "Planetoid" indeed.

Pluto is what it wishes to be and glories in the flowering of it's planethood!!

HONK if you support Pluto's planethood!
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Re: On the way to Pluto at last!

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Wed Jul 15, 2015 2:04 pm

Bruce wrote:My son didn't understand why I kept yelling HONK HONK HONK, but someday he will. :evil:
Subtle indoctrination to accept authority.

If you're smarter than a 5th grader you'd know better than to take multiple choice tests that are little better than push polls.

And you're still wrong.

Eris or Sedna or some Oort Cloud world yet unnamed. :coolspecs:
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Wed Jul 15, 2015 2:05 pm

ed wrote:My (published) letter to the editor in today's Times ...
:D
Linky pooh? :P
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Re: On the way to Pluto at last!

Post by asthmatic camel » Wed Jul 15, 2015 2:25 pm

Bruce, if your son was a real smartarse, he'd have disallowed the question. Pluto and Neptune are both furthest from the son at times, due to Pluto's eccentric orbit.

And it's still a boring rock.
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Re: On the way to Pluto at last!

Post by ed » Wed Jul 15, 2015 2:34 pm

HOKN HONM HONK
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Re: On the way to Pluto at last!

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Wed Jul 15, 2015 2:35 pm

asthmatic camel wrote:And it's still a boring rock.
It's byootiful. :cry:
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Re: On the way to Pluto at last!

Post by Witness » Thu Jul 16, 2015 1:18 am

[video]http://www.wired.com/wp-content/uploads ... AQPLyK.mp4[/video]

Look at the hi-res end, something's missing:
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Spoiler:
craters!
Pluto:
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Charon:
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Both with enhanced color:
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Re: On the way to Pluto at last!

Post by Bruce » Thu Jul 16, 2015 1:20 am

oopsie
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Re: On the way to Pluto at last!

Post by ed » Thu Jul 16, 2015 1:21 am

Liquid during the early stages?
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Re: On the way to Pluto at last!

Post by Bruce » Thu Jul 16, 2015 1:25 am

Abdul Alhazred wrote: If you're smarter than a 5th grader you'd know better than to take multiple choice tests that are little better than push polls.

And you're still wrong.

Eris or Sedna or some Oort Cloud world yet unnamed. :coolspecs:
You just described every SC poll ever.
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Re: On the way to Pluto at last!

Post by Anaxagoras » Thu Jul 16, 2015 1:26 am

Witness wrote:Look at the hi-res end, something's missing:
Spoiler:
craters!
Probably because that far out there's just fewer objects in the same volume of space, hence fewer collisions. There are still a few craters you can see in the other photos though.
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Re: On the way to Pluto at last!

Post by DrMatt » Thu Jul 16, 2015 1:39 am

It's had retin-A therapy
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Re: On the way to Pluto at last!

Post by Rob Lister » Thu Jul 16, 2015 10:14 am

Anaxagoras wrote:
Witness wrote:Look at the hi-res end, something's missing:
Spoiler:
craters!
Probably because that far out there's just fewer objects in the same volume of space, hence fewer collisions. There are still a few craters you can see in the other photos though.
And doesn't spend much time in the common orbital plane. But damn,...

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Re: On the way to Pluto at last!

Post by DrMatt » Thu Jul 16, 2015 11:50 am

Still, Witness may be on to something. Pluto may have a tectonic surface, for all we know
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Re: On the way to Pluto at last!

Post by Anaxagoras » Thu Jul 16, 2015 2:49 pm

Charon doesn't appear to have a lot of craters either.
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Re: On the way to Pluto at last!

Post by DrMatt » Thu Jul 16, 2015 11:01 pm

Charon used Clearasil
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Re: On the way to Pluto at last!

Post by hammegk » Fri Jul 17, 2015 12:57 am

ed wrote:
Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Bruce wrote:More pictures. ...
A week before the historic New Horizons close-up of Pluto, NASA has released new photos and the first color movie showing strange surface detail of the "other red planet" and its largest moon.
Aha!

They are implicitly admitting it was a planet all along. :coolspecs:





HONK!
Sounds pretty darn explicit to me

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Re: On the way to Pluto at last!

Post by Anaxagoras » Fri Jul 17, 2015 3:42 am

Close-up on Charon:

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I guess there are more craters there than on the close-up of Pluto, no?
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