Morning Ed: Space {2018.09.12.W}

[Sp1] A free range exoplanet (borderline brown dwarf?) may be able to teach us about exoplanet magnetic fields and auroras. Speaking of light shows

[Sp2] If there’s life on Europa, we may not be able to find out for a while.

[Sp3] Commercialize the ISS! Soon you may be able to take an elevator.

[Sp4] A look at what’s in space between galaxies. And other cool stuff.

[Sp5] This seems pretty wicked.

[Sp6] As it expands, the universe disappears. (Well, not really)

[Sp7] The UAE is working to Make Mars Great Again. (Well, inhabitable.) Speaking of Mars, a mystery solved.

[Sp8] Should Pluto’s planetary status get another look?

[Sp9] Keys to unlocking the mysteries of the universe, perhaps, in Antarctica.


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    • Weirder things have happened.

      Really, Buzzfeed? Got some examples?

      To be fair, having the UAE join international efforts and contribute to overall goals isn’t a bad thing, and I am certain they have some brilliant minds to add to the mix, but the article makes it sound like the UAE is taking leadership, which it ain’t.

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  1. Sp8: I am unimpressed, based just on the linked article. They may have a point that when back in 2006 the International Astronomical Union issued its definition of “planet” it made a bogus historical claim about what was then current practice, but I very strongly suspect that this was mere hand-waving all along, and fundamentally beside the point. The real point was that there is no coherent definition that includes Pluto while not including a gazillion other bodies. So Pluto had to go. The proposed definition of a planet as anything that is “large enough that its gravity allows it to become spherical in shape” is already the definition of a dwarf planet, of which there are a gazillion minus eight. So what would this change do? If the argument is that there is no useful distinction between those gazillion dwarf planets and the eight currently-defined planets, then knock yourself out, but be up front about what you are arguing.

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