Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Pluto thought to be warming up
ABC News ^ | ABC News

Posted on 07/26/2006 6:53:09 PM PDT by MNJohnnie

Astronomers at the University of Tasmania have found that the solar system's smallest planet is not getting colder as first thought and it probably does not have rings.

Dr John Greenhill has collected observations from last month's event when Pluto passed in front of a bright star, making it easier to study.

French scientists have shared the measurements they took in Tasmania that night, which indicate that the planet is unlikely to have rings.

Dr Greenhill says the results are surprising because they show Pluto is warming up.

"It looks as though the atmosphere has not changed from 2002, which is pretty surprising because we expected the atmosphere would freeze out as the planet moved further away from the Sun," he said.

"But so far, if anything, the atmosphere has gotten even denser."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: algore; artbell; climatechange; globalwarming; goofy; kooktokookam; xplanets
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-108 next last
Attention Al Gore. Attention Mr Al Gore. An inconvenient truth just derailed your attempted political comeback
1 posted on 07/26/2006 6:53:10 PM PDT by MNJohnnie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: MNJohnnie

Its George W. Bush's fault that Plutonial Warming is happening. /sarcasm off


2 posted on 07/26/2006 6:54:22 PM PDT by ICE-FLYER (God bless and keep the United States of America)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek

Hat Tip to Freeper CrippleCreek for pointing this story out.


3 posted on 07/26/2006 6:54:38 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Fire Murtha Now! Spread the word. Support Diana Irey. http://www.irey.com/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MNJohnnie

Must be too many Hummers cruising around Uranus.


4 posted on 07/26/2006 6:55:24 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

before we jump conclusions, i think we need to know how fast it takes for the sun rays to travel from earth to pluto, or this argument may backfire on us ;)


5 posted on 07/26/2006 6:55:27 PM PDT by 4rcane
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MNJohnnie

Those damn SUV's on Pluto ...


6 posted on 07/26/2006 6:56:19 PM PDT by clamper1797 (CAPITAL LETTERS SUGGEST SOME IMBALANCE IN THE MIND OF THEIR EMPLOYER.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MNJohnnie

Human beings burning fossil fuels is effecting even the most distant planets! It's only a matter of time before W and his merry band of oil company execs start warming up neighboring solar systems.


7 posted on 07/26/2006 6:56:47 PM PDT by kcar
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MNJohnnie

Its obviously the irresponsible use of fossil fuels by the citizens of Pluto thats causing this warming...


8 posted on 07/26/2006 6:56:47 PM PDT by cardinal4 (America, despite the usual suspects, stands firmly with Israel..)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ICE-FLYER

"Its George W. Bush's fault..."


Dang! Gotta be quick around here to get the good lines in.


9 posted on 07/26/2006 6:57:10 PM PDT by Francis McClobber
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: MNJohnnie

Bush's fault -- too many SUVs and too much Drilling


10 posted on 07/26/2006 6:57:17 PM PDT by sionnsar (†trad-anglican.faithweb.com† | Iran Azadi | SONY: 5yst3m 0wn3d, N0t Y0urs | NYT:Jihadi Journal)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MNJohnnie
Damn...We just finished moving the SUVs from Mars and now Pluto is having a problem. Curse you Global Warming!


11 posted on 07/26/2006 6:57:41 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 4rcane

Trust me. It doesn't take that long.


12 posted on 07/26/2006 6:57:47 PM PDT by Timothy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: MNJohnnie

ALL THE PRESIDENT'S FAULT, IT'S A RIGHT WING CONSPIRACY TO OVERTHROW PLUTO!! EVERY ONE KNOWS THAT PLUTO IS A MUSLIM PLANET AND THIS IS A ZIONIST PLOT TO OVERTHROW A MUSLIM WORLD!!! (Way too much sarcasm TURNED OFF! ) :) :) :) :)


13 posted on 07/26/2006 6:58:00 PM PDT by mosquewatch.com ("The enemy is anyone who will get you killed, no matter what side they are on.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MNJohnnie; cripplecreek

"Algore? Mr. Algore? Please pick up the white Courtesy Phone in the Lobby!"

I. Love. It. :)


14 posted on 07/26/2006 6:58:17 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Joe 6-pack
"Must be too many Hummers cruising around Uranus."

Just spit my drink all over the keyboard. Many will not get the joke, but I think it is a classic. ;-D

15 posted on 07/26/2006 6:58:29 PM PDT by TommyDale
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: MNJohnnie

Those poor Plutonians ! Perhaps Al Sharpton will protest.


16 posted on 07/26/2006 6:58:29 PM PDT by csvset ("It was like the hand of G_d slapping down and smashing everything." ~ JDAM strikes Taliban)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MNJohnnie
"French scientists have shared the measurements..."

They can't even count the number of Moslems in their country but somehow they are able to determine the temperature of Pluto???

17 posted on 07/26/2006 6:58:50 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MNJohnnie
What's that Mickey?

Oh, get out of the Sun? Woof, OK!

18 posted on 07/26/2006 6:59:26 PM PDT by Syncro
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MNJohnnie
Does this mean they will be having more hurricanes there this pluto-summer?
19 posted on 07/26/2006 7:00:16 PM PDT by JSteff
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 4rcane
before we jump conclusions, i think we need to know how fast it takes for the sun rays to travel from earth to pluto, or this argument may backfire on us ;)

Pluto is approximately 4 light-hours from Earth.

20 posted on 07/26/2006 7:00:35 PM PDT by Procyon (the lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: 4rcane

It takes roughly 5.5 hours for light to travel from the sun to Pluto. Slower moving matter from the sun all depends on the speed of the matter.


21 posted on 07/26/2006 7:00:55 PM PDT by Pox (If it's a Coward you are searching for, you need look no further than the Democrats.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: 4rcane
i think we need to know how fast it takes for the sun rays to travel from earth to pluto

Nope. Timeframe for that factiod is irrelevent since the speed of light is 186,282.397 miles per second

22 posted on 07/26/2006 7:01:29 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Fire Murtha Now! Spread the word. Support Diana Irey. http://www.irey.com/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: MNJohnnie
That Karl Rove is an evil genius.

He's arranged for an American outpost on Pluto without telling anybody, and is ruining the planet.

Fess up, Karl.

23 posted on 07/26/2006 7:01:49 PM PDT by elkfersupper
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MNJohnnie
The "Warmists" (it's a religion) are gooing to have a tough time explaining this.

"Lucy....you got some 'splainin' to do"


24 posted on 07/26/2006 7:02:14 PM PDT by capt. norm (Veni, Vidi, Velcro = I came, I saw, I stuck around)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MNJohnnie

All kidding aside, this will be interesting to see what unfolds over time.


25 posted on 07/26/2006 7:02:16 PM PDT by OriginalIntent (Undo the ACLU's revison of the Constitution. If you agree with the ACLU revisions, you are a liberal)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TommyDale

Scotch? ;)


26 posted on 07/26/2006 7:02:24 PM PDT by maggief
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: MNJohnnie

It's Bush's fault.


27 posted on 07/26/2006 7:02:47 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 4rcane

What? You think Pluto is so far out it takes hundreds of years for light to reach it? Eight min. to earth. Try a few days. I think it is around 40 hours.


28 posted on 07/26/2006 7:03:03 PM PDT by MPJackal ("If you are not with us, you are against us.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: MNJohnnie

Oh, NO!! Pluto is warming up??

We're all going to die!!


29 posted on 07/26/2006 7:03:30 PM PDT by Exit148 (Founder of the Loose Change Club. Every nickle and dime counts!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: capt. norm

Follow up to previous post: The Ricky and Lucy in the image posted are imposters....which is appropriate for the Warmists.


30 posted on 07/26/2006 7:03:39 PM PDT by capt. norm (Veni, Vidi, Velcro = I came, I saw, I stuck around)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: maggief
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
31 posted on 07/26/2006 7:04:18 PM PDT by TommyDale
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: MPJackal

Oops. My math must be off.


32 posted on 07/26/2006 7:04:19 PM PDT by MPJackal ("If you are not with us, you are against us.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: MPJackal

I always thought Pluto was a Mickey Mouse planet.


33 posted on 07/26/2006 7:04:41 PM PDT by capt. norm (Veni, Vidi, Velcro = I came, I saw, I stuck around)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: MNJohnnie
Global warming just became Solar System warning... Galactic warming will no doubt follow. And it will STILL be George Bush's fault.
34 posted on 07/26/2006 7:05:09 PM PDT by bigLusr (Quidquid latine dictum sit altum viditur)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Joe 6-pack

"Must be too many Hummers cruising around Uranus."

Er, what did Hillery say when Bill asked why she was mad at him?


35 posted on 07/26/2006 7:05:33 PM PDT by chief_bigfoot (Welcome to America. Please leave your hyphenation at the border.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Procyon

One thing's for sure. It would take a mighty long time for greenhouse gasses to seep from the earth and waft all the way to Pluto.


36 posted on 07/26/2006 7:05:42 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Everybody's entitled to my opinion.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: 4rcane
What problem?


Earth is 8 minutes from the sun. Pluto a bit further depending on where in its highly elliptical orbit it is in. Figure maybe 45-60 minutes on average.

Bigger impact is how far out Pluto is: there is very little solar radiation that far out, so a change in the sun's output _ which many assume may be causing earth's 1/2 of ONE degree possible warming - will also change Pluto's warmth.

Not by much, but by some.
37 posted on 07/26/2006 7:05:54 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: MNJohnnie

Ping.


38 posted on 07/26/2006 7:05:57 PM PDT by MrEdd (Bad spellers of the world - UNTIE!,)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MNJohnnie

This is taking Global warming too far.


39 posted on 07/26/2006 7:06:46 PM PDT by mjaneangels@aolcom
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: csvset

I say- "Down with the Plutocracy!"


40 posted on 07/26/2006 7:07:41 PM PDT by mikrofon (Maybe it's the plutonium...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Joe 6-pack
Damn those SUVs! When are they going to be banned from interplanetary travel? Just look what they've done now.
41 posted on 07/26/2006 7:08:57 PM PDT by pepperdog
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: KevinDavis

ping


42 posted on 07/26/2006 7:08:58 PM PDT by bamahead (It is better to correct your own faults than those of another. - Democritus)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kcar

Remember Titan has rivers & lakes of methane.
I bet W & his oil buddies are trying to 'stuff a oil rig' into the last space shuttle right now!


43 posted on 07/26/2006 7:08:58 PM PDT by Reily
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: sionnsar

Are you sure that Pelosi's body double is not on Pluto? Scientic research has discovered Pelosi to be the major source of hot air on earth!!!


44 posted on 07/26/2006 7:09:16 PM PDT by Toidylop
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: MNJohnnie

Oh my God!!!!! It's worse than we thought!!!! It's Solar System Warming!!!!!!!!


45 posted on 07/26/2006 7:09:54 PM PDT by hollywood (Stay on topic, please.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 4rcane
According to Celestia, (free download of Coolest Program Ever), as of 9pm Central time this evening, Pluto is 4 hours 12 minutes  43 seconds away from Earth at LightSpeed.

To put this into perspective, (au = Astronomical Unit - roughly 93 million miles)

Mercury = 5m 30.1s (.66142 au)

Venus = 12m 35.3s (1.5135 au)

Mars = 20m 36.5s (2.4779 au) 

Jupiter = 43m 19.2s (5.2083 au)

Saturn = 1h 24m 27.4s  (10.145 au)

Uranus = 2h 40m 29.1s (19.296 au)

Neptune = 4h 1m 46.6s (29.071 au)

Pluto = 4h 12m 43.1s (30.387 au) 

46 posted on 07/26/2006 7:10:25 PM PDT by zeugma (I reject your reality and substitute my own in its place.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Robert A. Cook, PE
Nope.

Between 4 and 7 hours... depending on where it is in its orbit.

47 posted on 07/26/2006 7:10:58 PM PDT by bigLusr (Quidquid latine dictum sit altum viditur)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 37 | View Replies]

To: chief_bigfoot

LOFL!!!!


48 posted on 07/26/2006 7:12:10 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: ICE-FLYER

Why, on every thread. does somebody HAVE to say "it is Bushs fault"? Honestly, FReepers are more creative, I would think.


49 posted on 07/26/2006 7:12:48 PM PDT by Lokibob (Spelling and typos are copyrighted. Please do not use.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: MNJohnnie

Al Gore's "movie" (hehheh) coming soon to a theater near you, Pluto...


50 posted on 07/26/2006 7:14:20 PM PDT by citizencon
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-108 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson