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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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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.

by Anura Guruge


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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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