Morning Ed: Space {2018.09.12.W}


Will Truman

Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.

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5 Responses

  1. Avatar Kolohe says:

    Sp7 – I hope Buzzfeed got good money for running that ridiculous piece that they can now put to better use.Report

    • Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

      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.Report

  2. Avatar Richard Hershberger says:

    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.Report