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  • Eris’ Moon of Dysnomia

    07/28/2015 1:50:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    Ask a person what Dysnomia refers to... But in addition to being a condition that affects the memory (where people have a hard time remembering words and names), it is also the only known moon of the distant dwarf planet Eris. In fact, the same team that discovered Eris a decade ago – a discovery that threw our entire notion of what constitutes a planet into question – also discovered a moon circling it shortly thereafter. ... The actual size of Dysnomia is subject to dispute, and estimates are based largely on the planet’s albedo relative to Eris. For example,...
  • The Dwarf Planet Eris

    05/30/2015 7:25:36 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on May 30, 2015 | Matt Williams
    The most recent observation took place in November of 2010, when Eris was the subject of one of the most distant stellar occultations yet achieved from Earth. The teams findings were announced on October 2011, and contradicted previous findings with an estimated diameter of 2326 ± 12 km (1445 miles). Because of these differences, astronomers have been hard-pressed to maintain that Eris is more massive than Pluto. According to the latest estimates, the Solar System’s “ninth planet” has a diameter of 2368 km (1471 miles), placing it on par with Eris. Part of the difficulty in accurately assessing the planet’s...
  • The Dark Energy Survey Begins to Reveal Previously Unknown Trans-Neptunian Objects

    01/07/2015 7:35:37 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on January 7, 2015 | Tim Reyes
    While asteroids residing in the inner solar system will pass quickly through such small fields, trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs) orbit the Sun much more slowly. For example, Pluto, at an approximate distance of 40 A.U. from the Sun, along with the object Eris, presently the largest of the TNOs, has an apparent motion of about 27 arc seconds per day – although for a half year, the Earth’s orbital motion slows and retrogrades Pluto’s apparent motion. The 27 arc seconds is approximately 1/60th the width of a full Moon. So, from one night to the next, TNOs can travel as much...
  • Three New "Plutos"? Possible Dwarf Planets Found

    08/16/2011 12:47:34 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies
    http://news.nationalgeographic.com ^ | Published August 11, 2011 | Rachel Kaufman
    Small objects could be rounded worlds, based on likely sizes, experts say. Three relatively bright space rocks recently found in Pluto's neighborhood may be new members of the dwarf planet family, astronomers say. The objects were discovered in a little studied section of the Kuiper belt, a region of the solar system that starts beyond the orbit of Neptune and extends 5.1 billion miles (8.2 billion kilometers) from the sun. Astronomer Scott Sheppard, of the Carnegie Institute of Washington, and colleagues found the bodies using the 1.3-meter Warsaw University Telescope at Las Campanas in Chile. The region of the Kuiper...
  • Dwarf planet Eris may reveal quantum gravity

    01/25/2013 12:55:54 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 48 replies
    newscientist.com ^ | 24 January 2013 | by Ker Than
    Many galaxies appear to have stronger gravity - and thus more mass - than can be explained by their visible matter alone. Overly massive galaxies are most often attributed to dark matter, an invisible substance that interacts with matter through gravity. To date, though, no one has directly detected dark matter particles. But a well-established notion in physics could hold another explanation for their size. This says that empty space is really a frothy, turbulent sea full of virtual particles - matter and antimatter that spring in and out of existence so fast that we can't see them. Though they...
  • Six Mysteries of Our Solar System: Its history raises a lot of questions

    02/06/2009 9:27:47 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 44 replies · 1,253+ views
    Softpedia ^ | 29th of January 2009 | Tudor Vieru
    The 4.6-billion-year history of our solar system is nowhere crystal clear, astronomers admit. Instead, it's filled with questions as to the origin of some of its most remarkable feats. Here is a top 6 of these mysteries, as compiled by New Scientist... Another thing that concerns astronomers is the existence of Planet X, a hypothetical celestial body that supposedly circles our Sun on an orbit somewhere behind Pluto. Experts say that the distance it revolves around the Sun can only imply that the planet is frozen, but say that it could be as big as Mars, or even Earth. However,...
  • Robert Anton Wilson, RIP

    01/12/2007 7:20:03 AM PST · by oblomov · 27 replies · 3,630+ views
    Reason Online ^ | 1/11/2007 | Jesse Walker
    The libertarian novelist, journalist, humorist, and philosopher Robert Anton Wilson died at about 4:50 this morning, Pacific Coast time. As far as I'm aware, the last thing he wrote was this, posted on his blog last Saturday: Various medical authorities swarm in and out of here predicting I have between two days and two months to live. I think they are guessing. I remain cheerful and unimpressed. I look forward without dogmatic optimism but without dread. I love you all and I deeply implore you to keep the lasagna flying. Please pardon my levity, I don't see how to take...
  • Robert Anton Wilson, author of 'Illuminatus' trilogy, dies at 74

    01/13/2007 3:04:49 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 3,086+ views
    Robert Anton Wilson, co-author of the cult classic "The Illuminatus! Trilogy," a science-fiction series about a secret global society, has died. He was 74. Wilson died peacefully of natural causes at his home Thursday in Capitola in Santa Cruz County, his daughter Christina Pearson said Saturday. Post-polio syndrome had severely weakened Wilson's legs, leading to a fall seven months ago that left him bedridden until his death, Pearson said. Wilson wrote 35 books on subjects such as extrasensory perception, mental telepathy, metaphysics, paranormal experiences, conspiracy theory, sex, drugs and what he called quantum psychology. He wrote the "Illuminatus" trilogy with...
  • What's a Planet? New riddles beyond the solar system

    12/03/2006 11:21:07 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies · 344+ views
    Science News ^ | December 2, 2006 | Ron Cowen
    Luhman and his colleagues used the Hubble Space Telescope to photograph an object, about 10 Jupiter masses, orbiting the star CHXR 73. The orbiting object's mass alone would typically identify it as a heavy planet spawned from a disk that once surrounded this young star. However, the newfound object lies about five times as far from CHXR 73 as Pluto's average distance from the sun. Theory suggests that a gas-and-dust disk isn't likely to contain enough material that far from a star to make a planet... Distinguishing between brown dwarfs and planets is important, says Luhman. A brown dwarf could...
  • Largest known dwarf planet named after Greek goddess of chaos [HAIL ERIS!]

    09/13/2006 7:57:54 PM PDT · by TFFKAMM · 94 replies · 1,979+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/13/06 | Alicia Chang
    A distant, icy rock whose discovery shook up the solar system and led to Pluto's planetary demise has been given a name: Eris. The christening of Eris, named after the Greek goddess of chaos and strife, was announced by the International Astronomical Union on Wednesday. Weeks earlier, the professional astronomers' group stripped Pluto of its planethood under new controversial guidelines. Since its discovery last year, Eris, which had been known as 2003 UB313, ignited a debate about what constitutes a planet. Astronomers were split over how to classify the object because there was no universal definition. Some argued it should...
  • ZOT this Fashist!

    02/08/2006 12:53:07 PM PST · by fingerlakestennesee · 197 replies · 7,796+ views
    LIVE FREE FROM FASHISTS!
    In this war freedom should come first not after! In New Hampshire the Motto is Live free or Die! I don't need Bush spying on law abiding americans and taking our freedoms. Anyone who surrenders a square inch of freedom to the government in the name of saftey is a traitor and should be treated like one! Let the Bush Fashists all drop dead! Filthy Commys! LET FREEDOM RING!
  • Elementary Teacher Sentenced On Sex Abuse Charges

    08/01/2005 6:50:40 PM PDT · by DuckFan4ever · 20 replies · 1,491+ views
    KOIN ^ | 8/1/2005 | KOIN
    Music Teacher Must Register As Sex Offender CLACKAMAS, Ore. -- A former elementary school teacher convicted on 20 counts of encouraging child sex abuse learned his sentence Monday. Gregg Ritchie (pictured) was sentenced to two years probation. He will also register as a sex offender and pay a $12,000 fine. Ritchie taught music at Oak Grove Elementary School in the North Clackamas School District. He was arrested in September after an investigation uncovered child pornography on his computer. He maintained that the images were there by accident.
  • A special message from the Department of Troll Control, come and get it!

    01/12/2006 8:39:35 AM PST · by dhls · 6,335 replies · 37,707+ views
    Department of Troll Control | Another Ignorant Troll
    Fellow Americans, there comes a time every mans life when we must give up ourselves before we are worthy to recieve. There comes a time in this war on terror when in order to protect liberty, we have to give it up in the mean time for safty. That's right folks. Today, Americans have forsaken the creator for the creation and have decided that they would value our "civil liberties" than protecting western civilization and rich white people from the tender mercies of radical Islamic terrorists. Selfish liberals insist and whine that Bush has no right to spy on Americans...
  • SICK OF PEOPLE IMPOSING THEIR RELIGOUS BELIEFS ON OTHERS

    12/27/2005 10:42:05 AM PST · by proud republican woman · 569 replies · 16,623+ views
    Freeper | December 27, 2005 | Proud Republican Woman, zotted by Archpriestess Helga, Church of the Viking Kittens
    After reading all of the crap that people have been saying regarding Adult Private Social Clubs, I felt that I had to post an article and give my opinion. I am sick and tired of all the religous groups that are saying that there are drugs, prostitution, minors, non-consenting people, and just immoral people at these clubs! First of all, who do these people think they are to decide what is morally right or wrong for me? I believe that I have a good set of morals. I am a law abiding, tax paying citizen, I work full time and...
  • ANY FREE-THINKING CONSERVATIVES HERE? YOU KNOW, LIKE THOSE WHO OPPOSE THE IDIOTIC MIERS NOMINATION?

    10/16/2005 8:45:02 AM PDT · by KenKong77 · 135 replies · 2,310+ views
    Give me one reason why "judicial extraordinaire" Harriet Miers is qualified to sit on the highest court in the land, the Supreme Court. One.
  • freedom is no importint (But speling and basik grammatical skillz is..ZOT!)

    10/08/2005 8:23:08 AM PDT · by iillings22 · 73 replies · 1,642+ views
    corey lillings
    who needs freedom anyway? I mean, look at what it's doen to us. America has more crime, more poverty, and more problems than any other country in the world all beacuse of freedom. The freedom to do what we want but shouldn't there be limits? Especially now that we are at war? Allowing the liberals to smear our soldiers and to sympathize with arabs is demoralizing. We never had this problem in WWII. We just threw them into camps if they messed up. Back when this country was young, we had no freedom. Everyone went to church, women did what...
  • Return to ZOT video problem

    09/14/2005 8:34:11 PM PDT · by cantthinofascreenname95543 · 37 replies · 1,195+ views
    today | me
    because when i play the game all the characters don't talk or anything.How do i fix it in xp.
  • Where is Bush? Zottem!

    09/14/2005 11:48:02 AM PDT · by hootter · 88 replies · 1,736+ views
    <p>He ignored the suffering in Louisiana. Now he is ignoring North Carolina.</p>
  • Three ZOTS for "price gougers"

    09/03/2005 2:53:10 AM PDT · by CRIMINAL PRICER · 82 replies · 1,855+ views
    What am I hearing? I never get on these forums so I have no Idea what proper ettiquette is, or who this comment is dirrected to. (Cant tell who was talking and who was responding.) But, by the name I chose to use Im sure my stand is obvious. I probably wont respond to any responses since I stumbled on this while doing a search to get information to prepare to send a couple crews west to AL,and MS, to what?? Make me a ton of money roofing!! Price Gouging? Have you ever went to a "going out of Bizz...
  • ZOT! It was good while it lasted

    07/23/2005 10:50:59 PM PDT · by netman · 118 replies · 6,287+ views
    netman
    This thread has been pulled. Pulled on 07/23/2005 10:40:47 PM PDT by Jim Robinson, reason: Censorship Goodbye FreeRepublic,I'm off to Liberty Post. It was good while it lasted........Please ban me NOW Jim!