Roy Neary—Close Encounters of the Third Kind
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What about those two little guys in the "Silent Running" ship that were sent out to save our trees??? Or, that "Drac" guy who has a baby "Drac" in "Enemy Mine"??? Where's he now? PS: I also saw a tribble. He had a great paying gig, although he was spray painted orange, for a wig for Bruce Willis on Letterman... Was a fun skit! And, I hear the pay was huge!
Pluto is still a planet, at least according to many astronomers. This debate is far from over. Only four percent of the IAU voted on the controversial demotion, and most are not planetary scientists. Their decision was immediately opposed by hundreds of professional astronomers in a formal petition led by New Horizons Principal Investigator Dr. Alan Stern. Stern and like-minded astronomers favor a broader planet definition in which a planet is any non-self-luminous spheroidal body in orbit around a star. The spheroidal part is important because it means the object is large enough to be rounded by its own gravity, a state known as hydrostatic equilibrium and characteristic of planets, not of shapeless asteroids. Also, Pluto is not located in the Oort Cloud. It is located at the beginning of the Kuiper Belt, which begins beyond Neptune and is a lot closer to the Sun than the Oort Cloud is.
Gort was actually a "he" and anatomically correct. However, that wasn't apparent until a front panel was opened. When the panel was opened, the result was difficult to ignore. Since he was eight feet tall, everything was to scale! < This factoid is the result of the viewing of several scenes that were originally cut from the film by the 1951 censors. >
I can't spell but I know a planet when I see one and they ain't changing my mind and I think that funny too !! Love Sci-Fi can see the humor in all of this. You guys are Great thank for al the humor. Oh yes two Internets I hear that is comming
as a planet. http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=pluto;orb=1;cov=0;log=0;cad=0#orb Play with the controls, kinda cool.
Um, my Humane Society of America calendar ends December 31, 2011. After that, well, there is no after that. Nada. Where you all getting this 2012 stuff from? What a bunch of optimists! Unless and until HSA revises their calendar I just don't see how there can be any 2012.
program is somewhat in question, they give a disclaimer about the long term accuracy of going out too many years. But it is fun to look at, and a nice find, but it looks like some of the outer planets will be on the wrong side of the Sun for viewing.
It'll give our great great great great great great great great grandchildren all sorts of crazy doomsday stories and theories and hoaxes to listen to and get all riled up about... (that's 8 generations downstream for me, 7 or 6 for some of you, just cut out a couple of "great"s).
Based on the orbit program, some time in 2169 around February 12, a lot of planets will be in a line within a VERY small angle.
so the end of time for Pluto is 3000-MAY-05 23:58:53.8144 UT, seems Jupiter will not fair so well, end of time for Jupiter is 2500-JAN-02 23:58:53.8163 UT. Sorry, I won't be here for either.
one goes here: http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/horizons.cgi?find_body=1&body_group=sb&sstr=134340 Ephemeris Type [change] : OBSERVER Target Body [change] : Pluto Barycenter  Observer Location [change] : Sun (body center) [500@10] Time Span [change] : Start=2011-01-09, Stop=5600-02-08, Step=1 d Oops! No ephemeris for target "Pluto Barycenter" after A.D. 3000-MAY-05 23:58:53.8144 UT Oh-oh.
As if we do not have enough to worry about -- the end of time, notwithstanding. How [i]do[/i] you put up with yourself?
you can also speed it up, or show all orbits, if you like getting dizzy you can change the center, it stops at 2200 years, guess that is the end of time.
to observe the orbit of Pluto, then the slider on the right will enable you to see the inclination of the orbit. Use the >> button to put it in motion, the days will count up, use the zoom to go to the center of the solar system and see how fast the inner planets move, cool I tell ya.
It's the first of its new class of objects - Plutoids. It got a promotion and is now in charge of other dwarf planets, including Eris, which is bigger than Pluto. Don't cry! :D
Great laugh to start off a snowy Sunday here... thanks. Gotta love a sharp sense of humor. I'll gift ya half of one of my intertubes, too. I've sent your bags on ahead... where was that you're staying? Now I have an image of a shrine to Pluton in the chapel of the underpants gnomes... Lord means Lord, that would be all the undersized, right?
Um.... Pluto was designated a planet in 1930... not 2003. Quote: Having been a part of the planet ?club? since 2003, you can imagine what a blow it was to Pluto to be kicked out unceremoniously on August 24, 2006.
There were a few chuckles and a full on belly-laugh in that gallery. I heard that some of the Tribbles have taken part-time jobs as dust bunnies inside PCs. I also think Roy Batty's death was faked. The man who does the yardwork for the doctor down the street looks awfully familiar...
Jar-jar is now occupying some very expensive real estate in Washington DC. Notice the similarity in the walk and hand/arm gestures? Notice the similarity of speech patterns, and credibility? Notice similar back ground, never having held a regular job, but becoming a senator...the narrative ends here
If you are going to paradize a famous sci fi character make sure you spell his name right - It's Gort not Gork and I am very sensitive about the spelling of my name. Afterall I have been typecasted since 1951 and have never gotten any more movie offers until 2008 but I had to work with Keanu Reeves - luckily I have a nuclear power supply and I don't require food or drink and I live in LA where the weather is pretty nice. Klaatu Barada Nikto
planet: a material object who's self-gravitation pulls it into an oblate spheroid shape, and independently orbits a star. Moons orbit planets. Planets orbit stars. What do you call an object the size and composition of the Earth that doesn't orbit another planet or star, but floats free in the universe? Beats me. We'll come up with a term for it ifever and whenever we actually find one.
I agree with you and others that Pluto is still a planet in my book, but I am not sure about your definition. Aren't most of the comets roughly sperical? maj
Not that I agree that Pluto should have been demoted, but Pluto doesn't fit the definition you placed in your post. As with any multiple body system in the same orbit, the barycenter (center of mass) of the system orbits around the center of mass of the solar system. In the Earth-Moon case, the barycenter of the system is ~1000 miles below the Earth's surface. In the Pluto-Charon-Hydra-Nix system, the barycenter is actually outside the surface of Pluto. So Pluto doesn't independently orbit our Sun. Pluto orbits around the barycenter, and the barycenter orbits around the Sun. See this for some more info on the Pluto system: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moons_of_Pluto The big problem the IAU had was if you keep Pluto as a planet, you pretty much have to include Charon and several asteroids (Ceres, Vesta, etc). Then you end up with 12-13 planets and really mess up the mnemonic for learning the order of the planets. The answer to your question about what you call a planet that floats free in the universe: Rogue Planet
Pluto and Charon can be said to orbit the Sun as a binary system. The problem is, the IAU definition rules out the possiblity of any binary systems because by definition, planets in a binary system have not cleared their orbits of one another. Mnemonics are not an issue, and neither is memorization. We don't ask kids to memorize all the rivers on Earth or the 63 moons of Jupiter or all the elements in the Periodic Table. Most asteroids wouldn't be considered planets anyway. Ceres would, as it is not an asteroid because it is rounded by its own gravity. 19th century astronomers did not have telescopes powerful enough to resolve Ceres into a disk. Vesta and Pallas are borderline. If the solar system has 50 or 100 planets, then that is what it has. Artificially limiting the number for convenience has no scientific basis.