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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  1. Kolohe says:

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

    • Oscar Gordon in reply to Kolohe 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. 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