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Postby thedude » Thu May 22, 2008 1:54 am

I am going to guess some people are confusing the solar system with the galaxy, most people know that there are no stars (other than the Sun) in our solar system. I wouldn't be surprised if most people got the number of planets in out solar system wrong, though. I would be surprised if most people knew what the Kuiper Belt is.
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Re: You'd be surprised...

Postby OneLoveBoomer » Thu May 22, 2008 2:22 am

thedude wrote:I am going to guess some people are confusing the solar system with the galaxy, most people know that there are no stars (other than the Sun) in our solar system. I wouldn't be surprised if most people got the number of planets in out solar system wrong, though. I would be surprised if most people knew what the Kuiper Belt is.


Yes people will often note the 9 (or 8) planets in the Milky Way.
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Re: You'd be surprised...

Postby AussieDodger » Thu May 22, 2008 2:48 am

Wasn't Pluto disqualified?
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Re: You'd be surprised...

Postby knapplc » Thu May 22, 2008 8:52 am

Pluto was disqualified... sort of. It's now a "dwarf planet," along with Eris and Ceres, bringing the number of planets in the solar system to either eight or eleven, depending on whether you consider a dwarf planet an actual factual planet. All three are smaller than the Moon, so their status as planets is pretty questionable.

Found this graphic showing the relative sizes of these things:

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Re: You'd be surprised...

Postby OneLoveBoomer » Thu May 22, 2008 6:05 pm

knapplc wrote:Pluto was disqualified... sort of. It's now a "dwarf planet," along with Eris and Ceres, bringing the number of planets in the solar system to either eight or eleven, depending on whether you consider a dwarf planet an actual factual planet. All three are smaller than the Moon, so their status as planets is pretty questionable.

Found this graphic showing the relative sizes of these things:

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Re: You'd be surprised...

Postby Amazinz » Thu May 22, 2008 6:44 pm

I vaguely remembered them changing Pluto's status. So this thread piqued my curiosity and I was reading some things about it. The definition of planet has changed a lot since I was in grade school. If you had asked me yesterday I would have said a planet orbits a star, a moon orbits a planet which is wrong. It has like three criteria now. Learn something new every day.

Also, based on what I read, the term dwarf planet seems misleading. Size doesn't matter. Or it does but just in relation to the other objects in its space. So if I am reading it correctly, based on the current definitions you could have a dwarf planet that was larger than Earth and a real planet smaller than our moon. Weird.
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