Pluto wont be too happy: maybe a 9th planet...?

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  1. soliloquy

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    Dear Nasa.
    I was big enough for your mom.
    Love
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    I miss Pluto. :(
     
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    Worst case scenario right there.
     
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    I'm sorry, but if we can see far into the deep realms of space and systems far beyond our own, how come we can't tell how many planets we have on our own cosmic doorstep?
     
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    Close enough to the sun, we've been able to detect objects in our solar system by the amount of light they reflect. Unfortunately, the farther away you get from the sun, the more useless this method becomes, especially when such objects have a very low albedo to begin with. Even now, this is the best true picture of Pluto that we can take with current technology, at least until the New Horizons probe gets closer to it in 2015:

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    We've been able to detect planets orbiting other stars not by the light or heat they reflect, but by the light they block as they pass in front of their parent star.
     
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    And something to do with gravitational pull/wobble, right? Seems like an impossibly hard thing to measure but...that's why they're the scientists. And I'm...not.
     
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    That's also true.
     
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    Yeah I've heard of that method before, but I would've though something within our solar system would have got noticed.
     
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    It has to be noticed sometime, so why not now? Even so, it's a long stretch to say it's "in" our solar system, since the Oort Cloud comprises the distance about 2000- 50000 AU (186 billion - 4.65 trillion miles or 299 billion -7.48 trillion km). Pluto only reaches 30-50 AU (4 - 7 billion km). These are several orders of magnitude further away, and it's something that's not very bright in the first place, so it's extremely difficult to detect. They barely have any empirical evidence - just statistics that suggest something might be there, as the article mentions.
     
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    well, this shouldn't really come as a surprise to anyone...

    i mean, when i was in grade school MANY years ago, we were taught that there 'may' be a few giant planets beyond pluto. the only way people/scientists think this is because of pluto randomly acting weird in its oribit, almost as if something is pulling it away from the sun. this way, btw, when pluto still was a planet.

    but yeah, from what i was taught, scientists predict at least two GIANT planets beyond pluto that are hiding in the dark...

    and since this was taught to me in saudi arabia, which is fairly backward in everything but their education (its british system, so education is a year or two, maybe more, years advanced than the north american) but still...maybe even discovery should have mentioned it?
     
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    It could be that Pluto's moon, Charon, is really a Mass Relay...
     
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    We have dismissed that claim.
     
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    Me chiming in with my complete lack of faith in science again:

    I don't believe too much about what I'm told lies above our skies. Satelittes must be there, the moon, the Sun and Mars - I believe these are there because I have seen them. Apart from that, I don't believe a whole lot. I like to physically see things before I believe them.
     

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