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Pluto Regains Its Title As Largest Object In Its Neighborhood 138

Posted by samzenpus
from the back-on-top dept.
sciencehabit writes "In 2005 astronomers discovered Pluto's biggest neighborhood rival: Eris, which they claimed definitely surpassed Pluto in size. Now, as astronomers report an analysis of methane gas in Pluto's atmosphere suggests that Pluto is about 2368 kilometers across, in which case it's larger than Eris and thus the champ of the Edgeworth-Kuiper belt, which boasts more than a thousand known objects revolving around the sun beyond Neptune's orbit."
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Pluto Regains Its Title As Largest Object In Its Neighborhood

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  • by uCallHimDrJ0NES (2546640) on Monday March 17, 2014 @04:53PM (#46510421)
    ...Just Served Us Nine Pizzas for the first time in YEARS. We were all getting tired of her serving us Nothing.
  • by wisnoskij (1206448) on Monday March 17, 2014 @05:09PM (#46510627) Homepage

    Her title of largest object in her neighbourhood was reclaimed by Pluto.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 17, 2014 @05:11PM (#46510663)

    Seriously.
    Pluto is a fucking planet. All the morons who herpderp about it not meeting the "requirements" for being a planet need to STFU. Any "requirements" are arbitrarily-defined. Pluto was a planet for both the common and technical definitions for quite some time. To later redefine the already arbitrary term is absurd. If you don't like the term planet, make a new term. Don't change an existing term that has widespread common and technical use, has been used in publications, etc. All you do is create ambiguity with regards to what definition someone means when they use the term. The same shit goes for "kibibytes" - you don't have to like kilobytes being 1024 bytes, but you do have to accept it. Adding "kibibytes" just creates confusion where there was none before.

    Correct, the only designation of planet that is questionable is for Earth. That's just a big rock littered with assholes.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 17, 2014 @06:55PM (#46511465)

    So the experts need to STFU so a non expert like yourself can feel good about their childhood? You are the one who needs to STFU.

    "Pluto was a planet for both the common and technical definitions for quite some time."
    What definition? Pluto was call a planet when anything going around the sun was a planet; which was fine/. Now that we have learned a lot more it turns out that was a poor way to determine what a planet is.

    Now there are specific requirement as to what a planet is, if it turns out the Pluto meets those requirements then t will be a planet.

    " and technical use"
    except it didn't. It was a useless term.

    Kilo equaled a thousand before there where computers. the Computer industry incorrectly co=opted the name, and that was fixed in 1998.
    kibibytes only makes an accurate definition.
    I'm sorry you are too stupid to understand logical changes, and corrected definitions based on new data.
    Really, nothing should change form how you learned it the first time, right?

    ^^^ This is just how I would react if I was a Pluto denier/terrorist.

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