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The Great ‘Dwarf Planet’ Scam Perpetrated By The Supposedly August International Astronomical Union (IAU).

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and read here. From MY book. Click on cover image above.


That table above, from my 2011 book ‘Dwarf Planets‘, contains all the background you need to understand this scam.

So, this was from a book published 9-years ago. Also in the table we have 5 (& only 5) Dwarf Planets — the last of which, Humea, was designated as such in September 2008.

September 2008 is coming up to 12-years.

In those 12-years the IAU has not designated any other Dwarf Planets.

We had 5 Dwarf Planets in Sept. 2008, we still have 5 Dwarf Planets in June 2020.

NO. NO. NO.

Dwarf Planets, of course, are very different from Planets. That is why Pluto was reclassified a Dwarf.

Yes, we don’t have many planets & yes, the last was discovered a very, very long time ago.

Not so with Dwarfs. We have THOUSANDS that appear to meet the criteria. They have LONG LISTS of possible Dwarf Candidates.

But, the IAU has not done anything in terms of expanding the pool of Dwarfs since 2008.

And therein lies the scam.


It would appear that the IAU has had second — if not third, fourth or fifth — thoughts about Dwarf Planets.

It would appear that they think that they screwed up. But, they are too august & proud to say that. So, instead they are hoping to atrophy the issue & category.

Well, I, for one, will not let that happen.

So, now YOU know.



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2018 VG18 Is NOT A Dwarf Planet, Also NOT The Furthest Known Object In The Solar System.

by Anura Guruge



Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_VG18


2018 VG18

Is NOT a dwarf planet. It is a possible dwarf planet CANDIDATE.

It is NOT the farthest known object in the solar system. 90377 Sedna goes out much, much further as do most of the non-periodic comets.

It is the farthest object OBSERVED in the Solar System. Both Sedna and Dwarf Planet Eris were closer to the sun in their long, elliptical orbits when they were discovered. That is key here. Farthest observed.

How can I be so sure about these things. Very simple. I wrote THE BOOK on Dwarf Planets!



Click to ENLARGE and read. This is about how they discovered Eris when it was 90 AU out.


We had another FALSE Dwarf Planet claim in 2016. Click image to access that post.


So this is exciting, but we have to keep it in perspective.

It has now been over 10-years — YES, 10-years — since we have had a NEW dwarf planet. There is politics here and possibly even some second-thoughts and regrets, Maybe they were hasty in coming up with the classification ‘dwarf planet’. Minor planet and trans-Neptunian object (TNO) might have sufficed.

But, I will keep you posted.


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CNN & Others WRONG. There Is NO New Dwarf Planet, viz. 2015 RR245.

by Anura Guruge


Click here for the CNN original from July 12, 2016.

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Click to ENLARGE and read snippet here. Use link above to access the original.


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Another view of 2015 RR245’s amazingly distant orbit around the Sun from my favorite JPL orbit tracker. You can see Pluto, Neptune, Uranus etc. — as dots — for reference. Click to ENLARGE. Copy and paste this link “http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=2015%20RR245;old=0;orb=1;cov=0;log=0;cad=0#orb” into FireFox (not Chrome). Does not work with Chrome!


2015 RR245 (which known as a temporary designation (and indicates WHEN in 2015 it was discovered)) is indeed small, i.e., less than 1/3rd the size of Pluto, and amazingly far away. BUT that does NOT automatically make it into a Dwarf Planet.

CoverJPGI do know a fair amount about Dwarf Planets. I have written a book about them.

As of today, July 13, 2016, there are but five (5), and only five (5), dwarf planets. They are: Ceres, Pluto, Haumea, Makemake and Eris. Period. Full stop. Just 5. Ceres, Pluto, Haumea, Makemake and Eris.

CNN cannot designate a Solar System body a Dwarf Planet.

Neither can any astronomer.

For that matter neither can NASA or its European equivalent, ESA!

That a Solar System body is a Dwarf Planet can ONLY be designated by the International Astronomical Union (IAU). That is it.

Until the IAU says it is a Dwarf it is NOT a dwarf. Simple as that.

The last time the IAU designated a Solar System body a Dwarf was on September 17, 2008. See below. That was Haumea. They have kept their ‘powder dry’ since then!

So nobody but nobody can jump the gun.

Until the IAU says so, 2015 RR245 is NOT a Dwarf Planet.

Got that?


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