It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.

Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.

Thank you.

 

Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.

 

How many officially recognized planets are there?

page: 1
0

log in

join
share:
CX

posted on Jul, 20 2008 @ 04:41 PM
link   
I know this probably sounds like a basic question that a kid would ask, but i read all the time about new planets being discovered, i just wondered what you consider the main planets that are now known to us?

My kids have posters and books on the planets, they show the main ones in our solar system that we learnt in school, but what do i tell them if they ask me?

Thanks,

CX.




posted on Jul, 20 2008 @ 05:04 PM
link   

Originally posted by CX
I know this probably sounds like a basic question that a kid would ask, but i read all the time about new planets being discovered, i just wondered what you consider the main planets that are now known to us?

My kids have posters and books on the planets, they show the main ones in our solar system that we learnt in school, but what do i tell them if they ask me?

Thanks,

CX.


google is a tool humans use to research information.


-



posted on Jul, 20 2008 @ 05:22 PM
link   
Perhaps this site can be useful to you:


This page shows information about planetary bodies named by the IAU Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature (WGPSN), and about bodies named by the IAU Committee on Small Body Nomenclature that have surface features named by the WGPSN.


planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov...

The site also contains interesting info on the mythological background for the names given to different planets and their satellites. Like for instance Mars:


Named by the Romans for their god of war because of its red, bloodlike color. Other civilizations also named this planet from this attribute; for example, the Egyptians named it "Her Desher," meaning "the red one."


CX

posted on Jul, 22 2008 @ 02:34 AM
link   

Originally posted by prevenge

google is a tool humans use to research information.


-


Google also gives you a million answers, many of which are wrong, different and confusing, one reason why i'm asking here. Cheers.


Thanks for the link ziggy.

CX.



posted on Jul, 22 2008 @ 06:23 PM
link   
reply to post by prevenge
 


Hmm, yeah, and common courtesy is a tool humans use to get along with each other.

Please, don't be a fool


Forums like THESE are ALSO a tool used by people to ask and DISCUSS questions, something that 'Google' doesn't provide, (except by way of FORUM links)


reply to CX

Your qusetion is welcomed


There are currently EIGHT planets in our solar system. I say "currently" because Pluto recently got classified as a 'Planetoid' (Pfft!! whatever that means
)

I'm pretty sure that, 'officially', only four have mean classified as planetoids. There may be others that I'm unaware of, and I'm pretty sure that they've found a new one as recently as this year.

Here we go, pulled up a Wiki Page...

In our solar system Mimas is the smallest body that seems to be in hydrostatic equilibrium, while Pallas may be the largest notably out of round. The IAU has so far declared only four bodies to be dwarf planets: Ceres, Pluto, Makemake and Eris.

WIKI Source

As for Extrasolar or Exoplanets, I think they're breaching the 200 mark.

Here, I found an interesting site that lists a MANY that have been found, with info about individual discoveries, with data included (click on the blue Ref tab on the right of the page.

Catalogue of Nearby Exoplanets

(thats proberbly at bit too heavy for the kids though
)

Hope that helps my friend, i;ve got to go now as i think my bean burger is burhning dude to this post


Cheers


AoN


[edit on 22-7-2008 by Anomic of Nihilism]

[edit on 22-7-2008 by Anomic of Nihilism]


CX

posted on Jul, 23 2008 @ 01:01 AM
link   
Thanks for the info AoN. Thats exactly the kind of thing i was after.


I, like most here was aware of the eight or nine we are all taught about in our solar system, it's the others that i was particularly interested in. I was'nt sure if they were taught or talked about much in schools in anything outside astronomy.

Thanks again, an please pass on my sympathies to the bean burger.
Sorry mate.


CX.



posted on Jul, 23 2008 @ 01:04 AM
link   
Well that would be 9 counting 2003 UB313 or xena, and ten counting uranus.



posted on Jul, 23 2008 @ 05:15 AM
link   
Uranus is one of the eight major planets, and 2003 UB313 is Eris.

[edit on 23-7-2008 by Mogget]




top topics



 
0

log in

join