It is a tiny white dot even in the most powerful telescopes, but a dot that moves, albeit slowly, against the background of distant stars.
That means it must be a planet,
Originally posted by fred rosenberger:
why does it have to be a planet just because it moves?
Originally posted by David O'Meara:
I hope they call it 'Rupert'.
Wasn't there a push a few years back to reclassify Pluto as a planetoid instead of a planet because of its size and orbit?
Maybe this new planet will cause us to rethink our definitions
Originally posted by Barry Gaunt:
I think the really interesting plaets are those where intellegent life is to be found. You know, Mars, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, ...
Originally posted by Andrew Monkhouse:
Glad you didn't count Earth in that
I wonder how intelligent we would seem to an alien coming to look at earth. While we are individually intelligent, the human race taken as a whole is not very intelligent at all. Its done a whole load of very stupid things - over populating the world, over consuming the resources in its environment, reducing progress by continuously harming itself with various shiny weapons and most strangely finding out that its damaging its environment and then deliberately increasing the rate of damage.
Originally posted by Ramesh Choudhary:
In the end he concludes that main danger to our civilization is self-destruction.
Originally posted by Jim Yingst:
Problem is, most of these (including Persephone) have been taken up by asteroids. I wonder if there's a procedure for revoking the name of an asteroid? If not, then creating a new name may be best.
Originally posted by Paul Bourdeaux:
Please don't hijack this thread.