Pluto~ the non planet
Former planet Pluto with its one time moon Charon.
These celestial bodies are now categorized as trans-Neptunian objects. .
aura writes ~ The Solar System sadly shrunk this week, with 5% of the world’s astronomers voting at a conference in Prague to demote Pluto from its former status as a ‘classic planet’. Poor little Pluto is now categorized as a lowly little dwarf planet, and according to astronomers in the know, dwarf planets are not planets under the definition. How embarassing for poor little Pluto! With that being the case, it begs the question, what impact will Pluto’s planetary demotion have on Western astrology? An article I linked below may shed some light on the quetion, and lead those who seek astrological counsel to turn to Vedic astrology for answers. Despite what 5% of the world’s astronomers think, Pluto’s celestial energy will undoubtedly continue to effect earth in subtle ways that scientists will never understand.
Here is some raw data compiled on puny Pluto before 5% of the world’s astronomers gave it the axe:
Orbit and Distance
Farthest planet – averages 3670 million miles from the Sun (almost 6 light-hours).
Most eccentric orbit of any planet. Distance varies from 2750 to 4574 million miles.
Orbits Sun in 248 years.
Can be (and now is) closer to Sun than Neptune.
Orbit tilted more (17 degrees) to the plane of the Solar System than any other planet. This steep inclination precludes any chance of a collision with Neptune.
Period very close to 3/2 Neptune’s (Resonance).
Magnitude 14 as seen from Earth; requires a sizeable telescope.
Pluto as a Planet
Despite an enormous improvement in understanding in the last two decades, what we know of Pluto itself is still very uncertain.
Pluto is the lone planet never surveyed by spacecraft.
It’s the smallest planet–at 2400 km, smaller than our Moon.
Pluto has a thin atmosphere that vaporizes at perihelion but freezes out at aphelion.
Rotates in about 6 1/3 days.
Pluto and Charon
Pluto has a satellite (Charon)
Charon is 12,000 miles (19,400 km) away from Pluto.
Diameter roughly 800 miles (1100 km)
Period of 6 1/3 days, the same as Pluto’s rotation period.(Tidal lock between Pluto and Charon).
Much of our improved knowledge of Pluto is due to the fact that Pluto has a satellite. Like Uranus, Pluto’s pole lies nearly in the plane of its orbit and Charon’s orbital plane, like Uranus’ moons, is almost perpendicular to Pluto’s orbital plane. Pluto and Charon are a double-planet system, and Charon is much nearer to its planet in size than any other moon in the Solar System.
Pluto has a low bulk density (less than 2) and is probably an icy body much like the moons of Saturn or Uranus. In the late 1980’s, shortly after Charon was discovered, it and Pluto underwent several years of mutual eclipses as Earth passed through Charon’s orbital plane. From these data, astronomers got precise information on the sizes of Pluto and Charon, and also discovered: Pluto is reddish, like Triton; Charon is neutral gray and probably made of water ice. Pluto has a patchy surface with bright and dark patches. Since 1992, more than 40 objects have been discovered orbiting beyond Neptune, a belt of rock-ice asteroids (the Kuiper Belt). Many astronomers regard Pluto as merely the largest of this group, although since it’s eight times bigger than any other object and has a satellite, Pluto seems somewhat special. LINK to the raw data provided here on Pluto.
Will Pluto’s demotion change astrology?
August 25, 2006 23:23 IST
Indian astrologers on Friday said the decision to drop Pluto as a planet had endorsed the mathematical and astrological treatises written by Aryabhatta and Varahamihira centuries ago.
“Indian astrology did not include Pluto as a planet and the latest announcement by leading global astronomers after a marathon week-long meeting at Prague only endorsed the Indian mathematical astrology of Aryabhatta and Varahamihira in the sixth century,” eminent mathematical astrologer Mangal Prasad said.
“Western astrology uses Pluto as a planet while it was always out of Indian astrology and we do not use it in our calculations. This is the practice from the days of Aryabhatta and Varahamihira,” Prasad said. (Continue reading at LINK)