New Planet at the edge of our Solar System may have been discovered.
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21-01-2016, 02:01 PM
RE: New Planet at the edge of our Solar System may have been discovered.
(21-01-2016 10:54 AM)cjlr Wrote:  2. This was not discovered. It was hypothesised. It is only one possible explanation for certain observations in outer-system motion.

Yeah I have to say for all the noise the press have been making it's... just a theory. And the article I read was helluva sketchy.

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21-01-2016, 02:07 PM
RE: New Planet at the edge of our Solar System may have been discovered.
(21-01-2016 10:54 AM)cjlr Wrote:  1. Say what you will about the category of dwarf planet, "Planet X" is a much cooler nickname for a new astronomical body.
(related: if Pluto is a planet, then no, there are not nine; there must be at least fourteen of them)

2. This was not discovered. It was hypothesised. It is only one possible explanation for certain observations in outer-system motion.

There are 8 Planets, A Dwarf Planet even with planet in it's name is not a planet like the others. Planet X is cooler I will agree.

Also no one said it was discovered, I said in both title and OP may have been discovered.

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21-01-2016, 02:15 PM
RE: New Planet at the edge of our Solar System may have been discovered.
(21-01-2016 02:01 PM)morondog Wrote:  
(21-01-2016 10:54 AM)cjlr Wrote:  2. This was not discovered. It was hypothesised. It is only one possible explanation for certain observations in outer-system motion.

Yeah I have to say for all the noise the press have been making it's... just a theory. And the article I read was helluva sketchy.

Indeed. From the actual published abstract:
Batygin and Brown Wrote:Recent analyses have shown that distant orbits within the scattered disk population of the Kuiper Belt exhibit an unexpected clustering in their respective arguments of perihelion. ... We demonstrate that the perihelion positions and orbital planes of the objects are tightly confined and that such a clustering has only a probability of 0.007% to be due to chance, thus requiring a dynamical origin. We find that the observed orbital alignment can be maintained by a distant eccentric planet with mass [approximately ten times that of Earth] ... Continued analysis of both distant and highly inclined outer solar system objects provides the opportunity for testing our hypothesis as well as further constraining the orbital elements and mass of the distant planet.

So yeah. Do not take popular press interpretations of science news at face value. Ever.

Do not even take 'academic' press releases necessarily at face value, because large universities also worry about PR and funding. Although in this case the actual Caltech announcement was totally fine.

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21-01-2016, 02:16 PM
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(21-01-2016 02:07 PM)JDog554 Wrote:  
(21-01-2016 10:54 AM)cjlr Wrote:  1. Say what you will about the category of dwarf planet, "Planet X" is a much cooler nickname for a new astronomical body.
(related: if Pluto is a planet, then no, there are not nine; there must be at least fourteen of them)

2. This was not discovered. It was hypothesised. It is only one possible explanation for certain observations in outer-system motion.

There are 8 Planets, A Dwarf Planet even with planet in it's name is not a planet like the others. Planet X is cooler I will agree.

Also no one said it was discovered, I said in both title and OP may have been discovered.

Neither of those comments was addressed specifically at you! Just more general gripes about responses I've seen. My apologies if that wasn't clear.

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21-01-2016, 03:50 PM
RE: New Planet at the edge of our Solar System may have been discovered.
(21-01-2016 02:16 PM)cjlr Wrote:  
(21-01-2016 02:07 PM)JDog554 Wrote:  There are 8 Planets, A Dwarf Planet even with planet in it's name is not a planet like the others. Planet X is cooler I will agree.

Also no one said it was discovered, I said in both title and OP may have been discovered.

Neither of those comments was addressed specifically at you! Just more general gripes about responses I've seen. My apologies if that wasn't clear.

No problem, wasn't sure so just wanted to clear that up.

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21-01-2016, 07:24 PM
RE: New Planet at the edge of our Solar System may have been discovered.
Call it Diana. Fits in with all the other Roman names.

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21-01-2016, 07:27 PM
RE: New Planet at the edge of our Solar System may have been discovered.
(21-01-2016 07:24 PM)Banjo Wrote:  Call it Diana. Fits in with all the other Roman names.




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21-01-2016, 10:24 PM
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(21-01-2016 07:24 PM)Banjo Wrote:  Call it Diana. Fits in with all the other Roman names.

Caligula works, too.

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21-01-2016, 10:57 PM
RE: New Planet at the edge of our Solar System may have been discovered.
(20-01-2016 04:04 PM)Paleophyte Wrote:  
(20-01-2016 02:49 PM)Heatheness Wrote:  How about a feminine name. Planet Vaginesis... Cuntensia.... Coochieopia. Laugh out load

Geespottia: Discovered by men centuries after the big obvious ones.

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21-01-2016, 11:02 PM
RE: New Planet at the edge of our Solar System may have been discovered.
(21-01-2016 10:24 PM)Old Man Marsh Wrote:  
(21-01-2016 07:24 PM)Banjo Wrote:  Call it Diana. Fits in with all the other Roman names.

Caligula works, too.

Little boots? That is what Caligula means. He got that while with his dad as a child on campaign in Germany. If you called him that name as an adult you'd've been tortured and killed.

His name was Gaius Caesar. Later he added Germanicus.

A bit long for a planet.

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