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Researchers Model Pluto's Atmosphere, Find 225 Mph Winds 77

Posted by timothy
from the go-model-a-kite dept.
MatthewVD writes "Pluto may have been downgraded to a dwarf planet, but researchers modeling its wisp of an atmosphere continue to find that it is a surprisingly complex world, particularly when it comes to weather patterns. Howling winds that sweep clockwise around the planet at up to 225 mph — though the atmosphere is so thin, it would only feel like 1 mph on Earth. The algorithms used to model the atmosphere will be helpful in studying far more complex atmospheres, like Earth's."
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Researchers Model Pluto's Atmosphere, Find 225 Mph Winds

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  • by Troyusrex (2446430) on Tuesday May 01, 2012 @11:45AM (#39857937)
    So a computer program said there'd be 225MPH winds? Until it can be verified whether these winds exist or not all it tells us is someone built a model that predicts this. Without verification of the hypotheses the science isn't complete enough to draw any solid conclusions.
  • by luis_a_espinal (1810296) on Tuesday May 01, 2012 @11:53AM (#39858057) Homepage

    So, we're using the methodolgy that is insufficient to model the earth's atmosphere, to model an object that we cannot test directly, and claim it will help understand the complex systems?

    Yeah, let's wait until we have all the variables in place before carrying a modeling experiment </rolls eyes>

    I applaud

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backhanded_compliment [wikipedia.org]

    the attempt at creating a more complete guess about the nature of a distant planet (full or dwarf), but without a way to test the predictions, this has very little use in refining the models.

    Geee, I wonder what those scientists of old (not so old) were thinking when they formulated things like Relativity and Quantum Mechanics at a time when it was impossible test the predictions </more rolling eyes>

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