A man is a small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.
“The first gulp from the glass of natural sciences will turn you into an atheist, but at the bottom of the glass God is waiting for you.” ― Werner Heisenberg
12" LX200 GPS
10" LX200 GPS
4" Unitron 150
4" Bosma refractor
Denk Binotron 27, D14's and D21's
Galaxy Note 8 running SkySafari Pro via Bluetooth
Wireless Autostar II
Quote:Should Titan and comets then also be considered planets?Dave Mitsky
"Scientists aren't perfect, just peer reviewed.""Eye of Sauron Observatory", featuring "Sauron's Other Eye", 16" dob, conical Royce mirror.
Quote:I don't consider the presence of an atmosphere a necessary requirement for planetary status. Erris apparently does not have one (or at least one that's significant), orbits the Sun, and is similar in size to Pluto.http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/27/science/space/makemake-dwarf-planet-beyond-...But the new measurements — based on observations from multiple telescopes in different parts of South America — indicate that Makemake, like another dwarf planet, Eris, does not have a significant atmosphere.Mercury has an almost negligible atmosphere.http://www.universetoday.com/22088/atmosphere-of-mercury/Dave Mitsky
Quote:Quote:Should Titan and comets then also be considered planets?Dave Mitsky Absolutely not, Titan is already a satellite which should negate planet status and comets are by definition, comets.
Cactus Patch Observatory / 14" LX200
"The four points of the compass be logic, knowledge, wisdom, and the unknown. Some do bow in that final direction. Others advance upon it. To bow before the one is to lose sight of the three."
Reality is a figmentnewton of your imagination
"After the Laws of Physics, everything else is opinion" -Neil deGrasse Tyson
Elmira-Corning Astronomical Society