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Old 26 Jan 2006, 21:56   #1 (permalink)
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just thinking { i do this often}
what in your oppion is a planet? we have got ten planets we just got a new one but what is a planet?
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Old 26 Jan 2006, 21:58   #2 (permalink)
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A big waffle, but thats what I picture everything as.
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Old 26 Jan 2006, 22:12   #3 (permalink)
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Sort of like a moon, only goes round the sun instead.
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Old 26 Jan 2006, 22:14   #4 (permalink)
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Yeah, what KJ said...

Not much debate about it, it's a chunk of something, to big for an asteroid, that floats around the sun - I'd guess it would have to have a stable shape and orbit.
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Old 26 Jan 2006, 22:47   #5 (permalink)
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then why isnt titan a planet? why are moons moons? you know pluto might be a moon
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A planet is any spherical mass that orbits the sun or a star.

A moon is any sphreical mass that maintains a fairly regular orbit around a planet.

The reason Titan is a moon is because it orbits Jupiter rather than the sun.

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Old 26 Jan 2006, 22:53   #7 (permalink)
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Planet:
A nonluminous celestial body larger than an asteroid or comet, illuminated by light from a star, such as the sun, around which it revolves.

Moon:
A natural satellite revolving around a planet.

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then why isnt titan a planet? why are moons moons? you know pluto might be a moon
There is a lot of debate as to whether Pluto should still be considered a planet... Its so far out that it passes through the Kuiper belt. (that's the place where all the Comets come from.) It could just be a giant asteroid that managed to shape itself into a planetoid.

Moons are moons because they orbit a planet.
Titan is a moon because it orbits a planet- although it does have geologic activity. It is a strange case.

Recently astronomers have found a planet a bit larger than ours. Its the most distant and smallest planet found to date.
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Old 27 Jan 2006, 00:26   #9 (permalink)
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A planet larger then ours is the smallest planet ever found? What are we living on?
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A planet larger then ours is the smallest planet ever found? What are we living on?
Besides our planet, of course. Most of the planets we've found (so far) outside of our solar system have been gas giants comparable with Jupiter.

Keywords: Outside of our solar system. Pardon the confusion.
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