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04-09-2013, 03:27 PM
"How many planets are there in our solar system?"
Do you still find yourself automatically thinking "9"?

If so, do you think there ever will be a time when you will naturally and automatically think "8"?
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06-09-2013, 12:55 AM
RE: "How many planets are there in our solar system?"
My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas.

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06-09-2013, 04:14 AM
RE: "How many planets are there in our solar system?"
No, I thought of eight because it is been well publicized that Pluto has been given the cold shoulder by the scientific community, and the sun.

Also, Calro, you and your sibling must be huge. Tongue

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06-09-2013, 04:32 AM
RE: "How many planets are there in our solar system?"
But Pluto is a dwarf planet! As is Eris and Ceres.

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06-09-2013, 04:54 AM
RE: "How many planets are there in our solar system?"
Dr. Rodney McKay calls out Neil on this:





I'm feeling old now that you raise the question...

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06-09-2013, 08:39 AM
RE: "How many planets are there in our solar system?"
I chose 8, but I was always taught 9 in school. I was 25 when pluto was downgraded in status (Neil deGrasse Tyson was actually booed about this when he recently gave a lecture at my university). I understand why it was demoted, though. It was two small to be classified as a full fledged planet, and it was in a geosynchronous orbit with a heavenly body comparable in size.
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06-09-2013, 08:47 AM
RE: "How many planets are there in our solar system?"
Universal premise: there are at least eight planets.

IF Pluto is also a planet
THEN any other solar system object possessed of the same properties is a planet
THEN there are at least thirteen planets

OR Pluto is a planet
AND any other solar system object possessed of the same properties is not a planet
THEN the definition of planet is arbitrary and useless

Take your pick!

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06-09-2013, 08:52 AM
RE: "How many planets are there in our solar system?"
Oh, for fuck sake. It's an objective classification, get the fuck over it.Dodgy

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06-09-2013, 09:53 AM
RE: "How many planets are there in our solar system?"
Definitely 8. For a full explanation read How I Killed Pluto and Why it Had it Coming by Mike Brown. It's a short read and entertaining if you like astronomy.

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06-09-2013, 10:32 AM
RE: "How many planets are there in our solar system?"
(06-09-2013 08:52 AM)Chas Wrote:  Oh, for fuck sake. It's an objective classification, get the fuck over it.Dodgy

I object! Tongue

Since this isn't the science section... there's Gwynnies the sun and her orbiting loon, so... there's no planets. Buncha unsubstantiated rumors. Tongue

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