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Re: PLUTO NOT THERE!

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Posted by daViper on July 9, 1999 20:15:26 UTC

This post seems to have caused a bit of controversy down the thread below, so I decided to do some research on it myself.

I'm not questioning what YOU say here Carlos, but I do question the conclusions of some of the folks that are referenced as sources for this data, or at least the conclusions they draw.

For instance, this Gerald Fitzsimons of the Copernican society says "Has anyone ever seen Pluto?".

Well, yes, a LOT of people have actually and here are two links of very clear images and surface analyses of Pluto and its moon Charon.

The first is from the Hubble Telescope with surface features resolved and can be seen at:

http://oposite.stsci.edu/pubinfo/pr/96/09.html

This next is a fine image of Pluto and Charon together as they appear in relation to each other as well as a description of some of these other objects mentioned in your source article:

http://science.msfc.nasa.gov/current/event/ast04feb99_1.htm

And finally, here is a source that MAY be the cause of all this controversy in the first place. Since Pluto's status as a planet has been debated since it was first discovered by Tombaugh in 1930, the debate is actually not new at all. The recent discovery of more objects the vicinity may add to the controversy over how to define Pluto (and Charon) but they in no way discard their existence. Read about it at:

http://www.saunderscollege.com/astro/pasachoff/chapter18.html#kuiper_belt

Hope this helps.

Like the old saying goes, "Incredible claims require incredible proof."

There's really nothing incredible about any of this. Pluto (and Charon) are alive and well. Call them what you will, but they are still there just as much as they ever have been.

Thank you.

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