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

by Anura Guruge


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.


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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Who Is In Charge Of Satellites Being Launched Into Earth Orbit?

by Anura Guruge

Click to access ‘space.com’ original.

Click to access a pretty informative and easy to follow presentation.

Do YOU know the answer?

There is NO SINGLE International Body, say the IAU, in charge.

In the case of U.S. companies — or foreign companies planning to do business with the U.S. — the F.C.C. grants a license, but it appears that a few companies have skirted this and have had their satellites launched aboard.

What is the big deal?

Well, this 60-satellite SpaceX (Elon Musk) Starlink might look cool for a few days, BUT do you really want it marring your view of SPACE — at the Universe?

And this is only the start.

The entire SpaceX train, for providing global Internet access, will consist of over a 1,000 satellites!

And other companies, including Amazon, plan to join with thousands of their own.

Soon, and I mean in years, we will have THOUSANDS of small satellites in low Earth orbit. It will get in the way of us being able to enjoy the stars.

First we had Indians littering space. Then the Israelis crashed onto the moon. Now this.

This has to be controlled before we MESS UP SPACE.

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First The Indians Litter Space, Then Israel Litters The Moon!

by Anura Guruge

This from CNBC. Google for plenty more.

Yes, accidents happen.

But, it is a shame that we now have litter and debris on the Moon! Yes, on the Moon.

They are claiming that Mount Everest is now like a garbage dump. It would be a shame if we had debris all over the surface of the Moon.

Yes, of course, they didn’t want it to happen, but did they do adequate testing to really, really avoid a failure. I remember reading that their very first rocket burn failed due to a basic programming error. I, alas, did a lot of work with Israeli high tech companies during ‘dot.com’. I learnt that they are cavalier and rush the software. SMILE.

Well maybe it is time for the IAU to step in and start policing and regulating space shots — whether just orbital, to the Moon or Mars.

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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.


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


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?


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


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

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Hoped For ‘Planet X’, The Ninth Planet, CAN NOT Be Named After David Bowie. Period.

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Contrary to what many realize the officially recognized names of celestial bodies are carefully governed and assigned per some very strict guidelines maintained by the ‘International Astronomical Union’ (IAU) — an organization recognized by 74 world powers.

To have the supposed ninth planet (or any other planet in our Solar System) named after David Bowie he would have to be deemed a god.

Yes, there are those that will avow that David Bowie is a god. But, alas, that alone is not enough.

To be considered for planetary naming honors the god ALSO has to be a well established very long term player, such as Venus, Mercury, Jupiter or Saturn, and it has to be a MYTHICAL god. David Bowie is not mythical. So he is ruled out forever, forever.

The current convention is that Dwarf Planets are also named after mythical gods/goddesses THOUGH they don’t have to be, for obvious reasons, as towering as those assigned to the planets.

Comets, if named, are named after the discoverers or the ‘team’ that discovered them. David Bowie did not discover any comets.

Giving stars official names is now in decline and as with planets/dwarfs any and all OFFICIAL names assigned have to be mythical characters.

So the only option for having a (non-satellite) celestial body named after Bowie is to name an asteroid after him — and that has already been done! 342843 Davidbowie.

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