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IAU Speaks Out Against Planet Naming Site Uwingu
2013-04-15 12:01:28

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A few months ago, a new space website opened up its doors for the public to start selecting the names of other planets. Now, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) has stepped up and pointed out this isn't exactly the protocol for the scientific process of naming cosmic bodies. Over 800 planets have been detected outside the Solar System so far, and thousands more are still waiting to be confirmed. Recently, the website...

Vesta Has Planet-Like Faults
2012-09-27 12:35:00

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research reinforces the idea that the asteroid Vesta may actually have more of a history to it than just being a floating space rock. Scientists analyzed data taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft and found that the enormous troughs that reach across the asteroid may be faults that formed when another asteroid ran into Vesta's south pole. This could indicate that Vesta has a layered interior, a quality shared by planets and large moons....

Pluto Demoted From Planetary Status Five Years Ago Today
2012-08-24 12:54:31

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On August 24, 2006, the solar system´s most distant family member -- tiny, isolated icy planet Pluto -- received some shocking news: it would no longer be considered a true planet. The ruling spurred a hotbed of controversy, with many experts disagreeing with Pluto´s new status as a “dwarf planet.” Despite the controversy and oppositions from scientists and laypeople alike, the ruling went through, reducing...

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2008-08-19 08:30:00

According to researchers, a newly discovered "minor planet" may help explain how comets are created. The new object, dubbed 2006 SQ372, is starting the outward portion of its elongated 22,500 year orbit, leaving it nearly 150 billion miles from the Sun at its farthest point. On Monday, researchers said the icy object was over 2 billion miles from Earth, slightly closer than the planet Neptune.  The researchers' findings will be published in the Astrophysical Journal. According to...

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2008-06-11 11:20:00

The International Astronomical Union has decided on the term plutoid as a name for dwarf planets like Pluto at a meeting of its Executive Committee in Oslo.Almost two years after the International Astronomical Union (IAU) General Assembly introduced the category of dwarf planets, the IAU, as promised, has decided on a name for transneptunian dwarf planets similar to Pluto. The name plutoid was proposed by the members of the IAU Committee on Small Body Nomenclature (CSBN), accepted by the...

2006-08-24 09:53:13

By Alan Crosby PRAGUE (Reuters) - Pluto was stripped of its status as a planet on Thursday when astronomers from around the world redefined it as a "dwarf planet," leaving just eight classical planets in the solar system. Discovered in 1930, Pluto has traditionally been considered the ninth planet, and furthest from the sun, in the solar system. However, the definition of a planet approved after a heated debate among some 2,500 scientists from the International Astronomical Union...


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