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Thread: we may have 3 planets added to out solar system

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    we may get 3 more planets. awesome.

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    I saw that. That's really interesting. I still think they need to rename Uranus.
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    This is taxonomy of the stars.'

    Same way we've had folks down here going "No, it's NOT a crysanthumum, it's 14 different sub-genera with impossible names!" we've got folks looking upwards and doing the same.

    Lumpers want us to think there's 3 planets. Splitters want us to think there's 27. And people wanna just make Uranus jokes.

    Been following this topic for quiiiiite a while now; it all starts with Pluto "If Pluto is a planet then MY planet should be a planet" or "Pluto isn't a planet, so your rock shouldn't be, either."
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    I don't understand what's the big deal with calling some of these things planets. Would 53 planets in our system be such a terrible problem? It's not like just because they're planets you have to worry about every single one of them. And I don't like the way that the article above makes it out as, "Anything that's round is a planet! This meteor is a planet! This cantaloupe is a planet! This balled-up pair of socks is a planet!" I think that a body's own gravity being sufficient to give it a roughly spherical shape is an excellent criterion; simple, sensible, and testable. I also don't understand the objection to distinguishing between 'double planets' and satellites. Certainly, a satellite is not a planet, and a body is not a satellite if it's not revolving around a planet, so shouldn't it be that bodies orbiting an empty point revolving around a star are planets? Unless you want to accept an empty point as a planet, I don't see any other logical choice.
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    I would prefer 2003 UB313 over Xena.


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    i say , and i stand by this, we name is planey zoot.

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    Fortunately, most scientists don't get into the name game. Most geologists, to speak of the science I know best, study how things happen and don't get obsessed about what the end result is called. I've often heard Pluto is a planetoid or whatever the word is, but don't care one way or the other.

    As for semantics, I consider all Sarracenias to be one species since their ranges overlap and they so readily interbreed. But I definitely lean towards the lumper, not the splitter end of the spectrum.
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    lol, i don't think most people agree with there being one species of sarracenia.

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