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Tomasz Grysztar



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This seems to be very interesting news:
http://skyandtelescope.com/news/article_1560_1.asp
Post 31 Jul 2005, 11:26
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smiddy



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Nice, thanks for sharing. One day I'll take that introductory course to astronomy so that I can know the mechanics of these astral bodies. Wink
Post 31 Jul 2005, 12:05
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"The object, designated 2003 UB313, is currently 97 astronomical units (Earth-Sun distances) away — more than twice Pluto's average distance from the Sun. This makes it the farthest object ever seen in the solar system. It is a scattered-disk object, meaning that at some point in its history Neptune probably flung it into its highly inclined (44°) orbit."

yes, it is a "tenth" planet, but no, it is really just a modest size rock, as the photograph from sky and telescope illustrate.
http://skyandtelescope.com/news/article_1560_1.asp

The interesting question, in my opinion, for those interested in Astronomy, is HOW to repair the Hubble telescope? This valuable instrument lies unattended, not dissimilar from MASM and TASM. I think that the proper use of the international space station ought to be to repair instruments like Hubble, instead of whatever it is they are doing up there??? Rolling Eyes
Post 31 Jul 2005, 12:41
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LocoDelAssembly
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I heard the problem is that the government doesn't give extra founds to repair the Hubble.
Post 31 Jul 2005, 15:03
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locodelassembly wrote:
I heard the problem is that the government doesn't give extra founds to repair the Hubble.

Yes, you are correct, the government does not wish to waste money (funds) on Hubble repair, but the government has lots of money to waste killing innocent people in Iraq. (they will get it all back a hundred times over, by stealing Iraqi oil!)
The really exciting news in Astronomy, in my opinion, which comes ALSO from Hubble, but not exclusively from that marvelous instrument, http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/
concerns data about wobble associated with distant solar systems possesing planets in sufficient proximity to the star to be capable of sustaining a carbon form of reproducible life, such as we have here on Earth, now, and probably had on Mars in the distant past, at a time when Mars' atmosphere was more robust, i.e. UNLIKE the "tenth planet" described in the first message of this thread. Wobblies, for those unfamiliar with North American socialist history at the end of the 19th century,
http://lists.econ.utah.edu/pipermail/rad-green/2003-June/009507.html
refers to the founders of the IWW (International workers of the world--basically three groups of Canadian and USA workers: miners, loggers, & then, auto workers, 20 years later) Smile
Post 31 Jul 2005, 18:08
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yes, it is a "tenth" planet, but no, it is really just a modest size rock, as the photograph from sky and telescope illustrate.

Actually I think this discovery might convince us to stop holding Pluto to be a planet.
Post 31 Jul 2005, 18:47
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Tomasz Grysztar wrote:
Actually I think this discovery might convince us to stop holding Pluto to be a planet.


I think if size were the defining factor I'd agree with you. Both Pluto and UB313 are smaller than Earth's moon. But both Pluto and are probably too big to be called Asteroids, right? Sorry, I don't know the vernacular for astronomy so I'm a bit out of my league with this one. They both circle the sun, which is what planets do, but so do asteroids and comets... Does anyone have a specific definition that would define these rocks shooting around our sun at odd angles in comparison to the rest of the planets?
Post 31 Jul 2005, 18:59
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Actually the scientist discovered a planet before an year which is orbiting the sun beyond pluto see here called Sedna. A little bigger then pluto there are also debates about whether it qualifies as a true planet or not. There a lot of planets out there in the galaxy detected by watching the stars wobble, but none of them are proved with a photo for obvious reasons Wink .
Post 31 Jul 2005, 19:31
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Actually Sedna is thought to be smaller than Pluto:

Image
http://seds.lpl.arizona.edu/nineplanets/nineplanets/sedna.html

And the new one we talk about is the first Kuiper Belt object that is known to be larger than Pluto:

Image
(this one is from the link in my first post above)
Post 31 Jul 2005, 20:04
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we gather some smart people, build our own telescope, launch our own rocket, build our own internet, build our own space station.

i guess we really need a place like this, a place where people don't talk about money. but instead we talk about knowledge.

i am sure everybody got the right to discover any truth in this big galaxy, only if people(those leaders) more willing to co-operate.
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