Skip to comments.A planet past Pluto? Astronomers redefine the solar system's edge
Posted on 03/26/2014 1:03:22 PM PDT by BenLurkin
Scientists at the Carnegie Carnegie Institution for Science announced Wednesday the discovery of a new cosmic neighbor -- a distant dwarf planet named 2012 VP113 that was found spinning in the depths of space well past Pluto. Its existence suggests there may be another actual planet out there, they said, a rogue giant ten times bigger than Earth orbiting in the distant blackness
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I thought it was "Settled Science" that there is NO rogue planet orbiting in the distant blackness
Well if there is I say it gets name planet Palin. You can’t get much more ‘Rogue’ than that!
It’s not a planet and it’s not the first object of that size discovered beyond Plto. In fact the other object is larger. We’re finding these planetoids now because our ability to find such objects is just now reaching maturity.
“It’s not a planetoid. It’s a Space Station.”
That isn’t a moon...
Awwww Gee Not This Shyt Again!!! I have been hearing since I was a kid that there is a Planet X, there isn’t a Planet X and now again there might possibly is a Planet X! Anyone got a low mileage used Klingon Bird of Prey out there so I can settle this mess?
One thing is clear: Astronomers will have to rethink the cosmic limits of our solar system.
I am working with a group of youth, preparing them for Confirmation. Last week we set off to explore the universe. One interesting piece of information we discussed comes from NASA.
According to NASA, more is unknown than is known. We know how much dark energy there is because we know how it affects the Universe's expansion. Other than that, it is a complete mystery. But it is an important mystery. It turns out that roughly 68% of the Universe is dark energy. Dark matter makes up about 27%. The rest - everything on Earth, everything ever observed with all of our instruments, all normal matter - adds up to less than 5% of the Universe. When it comes to the oceans, we know only 3%.Nothing is "Settle Science".
I just checked and the Voyagers are out 127 and 104 AU now, so well past this guy.
Earlier on FR:
this was also cool:
According to one article the discoverers are having a little fun with the designation VP113. They’re calling it Joe Biden. Apropos I think since it’s a dwarf and orbits so far from the center of things.
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The term “settled science” is a political term in the current parlance; it used to refer to things like those erosion experiments in science class, or the use of vacuum to make water boil without heating it.
I remember in the latter example, one of my fellow corn-fed farm boys said, “how do you know he isn’t heating that from below?”
Distant new world may point to undiscovered planets in solar system
Todays discovery of dwarf planet 2012 VP113 suggests that many planet-sized worlds lurk undetected beyond the orbit of Pluto, maybe even a giant Super Earth
Thanks NYer. One of the traps people from all walks wander themselves into is the false idea that knowledge is complete. :’)