Mooquackwooftweetmeow

Concatenating zoölogical onomatopœia since 1999

About Mooquackwooftweetmeow

Hi! This is Mooquackwooftweetmeow, a collection of stuff by Greg K Nicholson.

Pluto Isn't a Planet

Officially, Pluto is a planet. In reality, it's a member of numerous Kuiper Belt objects which orbit the Sun beyond Neptune. When it was found, 74 years ago, Clyde Tombaugh was searching for a planet and so assumed what he had found was one.

Another large Kuiper Belt object was found a few days ago, as has been reported by the BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/low/sci/tech/3506329.stm) - 2004 DW. Its diameter is estimated as between 1500km and 2600km; Quaoar, another Kuiper Belt object found in 2002, is about 1200km across; Pluto is 2320km across. The evidence is mounting that Pluto is simply a large example of an ordinary Kuiper Belt object. If 2004 DW turns out to be as large as, or larger than Pluto, will it be called a planet?

About this entry

I published this entry on 21 February 2004 when I should've been asleep. This newest edition emerged on 27 April 2004. That means this is pretty old. Beware parachronisms.

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