I have to say, I am one to criticize the limitations of science as an institution, but I am a little bt perplexed by the theory that this is a
NASA can't even get enough money to visit all of the planets we already have. Adding more is going to change the public desire for More Pirates of
the Carribean and less research into Pirate Archaeology. More ET and less R&D...., etc, etc.
Personally, I would be happy for them to either call Pluto no longer a planet, or come up with a more property-based definition of planet. So long as
they pick one and stick to it, and not leave things as sadly innappropriate at they are.
I say, the more we change definitions the better. As that means our perspective is growing at a healthy pace.
But I sure wouldn't want to be in this debate. I mean, trying to get a society of scientists to agree on a definition... try getting 5 scientists to
I mean, seriously, Pluto and Charon are small co-orbiting bodies on a highly eccentric and ecliptic solar orbit.
I saw a debate on TV last night where a museum guy debated another guy in a really nasty cat fight about this. The funniest part was where the museum
guy said that we should really apply our vast knowledge about how our solar system formed to this definition, rather than a definition based on
observational properties. I nearly laughed out loud. Our vast knowledge? Hubris, hubris is a museum....
Right now is precisely the WRONG time to assert we know about solar systems. We are just beginning to observe other solar system planetary bodies from
earth. Wait till we get spectrographic readings back from other solar system planets... An astronomer once told me that that should happen around 2010
or 2020 when we get the adaptive optics up to snuff. See, within a few arc seconds atmospheric distortion is correlated so..... and then I get my
spectrographic readings on the moon (John).....
Which reminds me, to bring this back to the UFO issue...
The real question is, does John Lear believe Xerces, Xena, and Charon have atmospheres and people on/in them? THAT, my friends, is the
scientific question that needs to be addressed about the definition of planets. At least, on this forum!
[edit on 17-8-2006 by Ectoterrestrial]