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Adam Funk

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Re: Latin, the Enlightenment, and science
Posted: Mar 11, 2010 7:57 AM
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On 2009-12-27, Peter T. Daniels wrote:

> On Dec 27, 3:50 pm, garabik-news-2005...@kassiopeia.juls.savba.sk
> wrote:


>> Until rather recently, Solar system planets were defined by enumerating them
>> (with a note saying that Pluto "does not fit the pattern" and that some
>> other objects do, but they are not called planets). Of course, it did
>> not do a bit of difference for real astronomy - they just studied celestial
>> objects, names do not change the outcome!

>
> Was "planet" a technical term in astronomy? (Apparently it is now.)


Here's the 2006 definition:

(1) A planet [1] is a celestial body that (a) is in orbit around
the Sun, (b) has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome
rigid body forces so that it assumes a hydrostatic equilibrium
(nearly round) shape, and (c) has cleared the neighbourhood around
its orbit.

(2) A "dwarf planet" is a celestial body that (a) is in orbit
around the Sun, (b) has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to
overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes a hydrostatic
equilibrium (nearly round) shape [2], (c) has not cleared the
neighbourhood around its orbit, and (d) is not a satellite.

(3) All other objects [3], except satellites, orbiting the Sun
shall be referred to collectively as "Small Solar System Bodies".

http://www.iau.org/static/resolutions/Resolution_GA26-5-6.pdf


(There's a more complicated definition for exoplanets (outside our
solar system).)


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