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The ol' Powers of Ten... in a wonderful new interactive presentation: http://htwins.net/scale2/scale2.swf?bordercolor=white


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Very cool, thanks! It is interesting to see Pluto compared side-by-side to other objects, which makes clear why it's not called a planet anymore. I still think of it with great affection, though. ;)

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I'd still go with planet, since it doesn't orbit anything but the sun. But that's just me.


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When is a planet not a planet? When it is a "dwarf planet". I have never figured that one out!


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Some astronomer whose name I forget said, wrt Pluto, that "No object that would have a tail in the inner solar system should be called a planet." That seems to be the reasoning of most astronomers that supported the idea of "dwarf planets" and wanted to demote Pluto.

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Science fiction is what I like. Fantasy is what I don't like. Thus, Heinlein never wrote any fantasy.

See how much thinking this, too, saves us from? :lol:

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