On the way to Pluto at last!

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New Horizons is now more than 1,400 days into its 9.5-year journey and well past 15 AU (astronomical units) from the Sun. We still have about 2,050 days ahead of us before we reach the Pluto system, but on Dec. 29...New Horizons will be closer to Pluto...than to Earth...This marker puts a nice capstone on 2009, during which we moved another 500 million kilometers closer to our favorite planet, so far against the deep.
emphasis mine :P

Much more in the article.
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Well, New Horizons is now closer to Pluto than Earth.

Distance from Earth 16.43 AU

Distance from Pluto 16.39 AU


Which is doubtless significant.
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swellman wrote:Well, New Horizons is now closer to Pluto than Earth.

Distance from Earth 16.43 AU

Distance from Pluto 16.39 AU


Which is doubtless significant.
I thought I felt slightly lighter when I woke up this morning.
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Bruce wrote:
swellman wrote:Well, New Horizons is now closer to Pluto than Earth.

Distance from Earth 16.43 AU

Distance from Pluto 16.39 AU


Which is doubtless significant.
I thought I felt slightly lighter when I woke up this morning.

A disturbance in The Force? eh, no, indigestion.
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DrMatt wrote: A disturbance in The Force? eh, no, indigestion.
Two sexy Asian girls carrying him to the shower, probably.

That's enough to disturb any man's Force...
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The PI's Perspective. Reaching the Mid-Mission Milestone on the Way to Pluto!
On Sunday, Oct. 17, at 3:24 Universal Time, we passed the halfway mark in the number of days from launch to Pluto encounter – the last of our halfway milestones en route to Pluto! From here, we have fewer days in front of us than behind us.

Since I last wrote here in May, a lot has taken place on the road to Pluto. Most significantly, our spacecraft and its scientific payload successfully completed their fourth annual checkout (ACO), took some wonderful cruise science data, performed a flawless course correction, and then re-entered hibernation as planned on July 30.
Much more in the article.

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Abdul Alhazred wrote:Thank you.

HONK!

And while we're at it let's remember ERIS is a planet. HONK!
Discordian, eh?

Ceres, the Moon, and I are all planets.
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DrMatt wrote: Discordian, eh?
Ceres, the Moon, and I are all planets.

DrMatt, who are you going to listen to? The official world body of astronomers or people on the internet?

What's wrong with you?! :snapoutofit:
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Who to listen to... the combined weight of expert authority...


... or those telescope-mathy astronomy guys?
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Changed the defintion, or identified sub-categories?
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What is Pluto called now?
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Pluto.
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Dwarf planet, if I'm not mistaken?
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gnome wrote:Dwarf planet, if I'm not mistaken?
Uh, no. The politically correct term is "limited stature planetoid."
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Abdul Alhazred wrote:This has nothing to do with telescopes or math, and plenty to do with arbitrary authority.

They changed the definition of "planet". There was no new discovery about the nature of Pluto itself that drove the re-classification.
From a bit of research, I don't think it was so much a *change* in the definition as a formalization of the definition, and that's when Pluto got booted out. However, Pluto still falls under the superset of planets, which is the group of planet-mass objects.
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gnome wrote:Dwarf planet, if I'm not mistaken?
gnome planet

:D
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I like it. Honk if Pluto is a Gnome planet!!!

HONK HONK
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:D

Er, toot?
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hammegk wrote::D

Er, toot?
Et tu?
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Somebody wake me when we get there.
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We are not interested in Uranus, no matter how many aliens have probed it.

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Then why did you bring it up?

Repressing your true self there, Doc??? :o
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Just knocking off your Klingons. . . .

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ARE WE THERE YET
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Doctor X wrote:Just knocking off your Klingons. . . .

--J.D.
I prefer the phrase "hyperspace skid marks" myself.................. :)

Pyrrho wrote:ARE WE THERE YET

Just a few more years Pyrrho........................
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Pyrrho wrote:ARE WE THERE YET
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New Horizons passed the orbit of Uranus on Friday, March 18th according to the mission team's website.

"...the spacecraft was cruising in electronic sleep mode."

:clap:


Next up, Neptune's orbit in August 2014.


HONK!
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honk!
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hammegk wrote:honk!
That's not what they meant by Uranus, butt-boy!
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DrMatt wrote:
hammegk wrote:honk!
That's not what they meant by Uranus, butt-boy!
Stick your kazoo where the sun don't shine, and honk that.

dipshit
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Are we there yet?
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Guys, we aren't maintaining the level of discourse I was hoping for.

Honk!

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First pixel of Charon detected by New Horizons:

http://news.discovery.com/space/astrono ... 130710.htm

When I was in Junior High (1988), I decided that I wanted to become an astro physicist. Unfortunately, after the Challenger accident, and after the discovery that the Hubble telescope had a major flaw in it's mirror, NASA wasn't doing so good. By the time I had reached my senior year in high school, astro physics was looking like a dead field, so I focused on chemistry.

Over the years, the field of chemistry has dwindled, and the field of astro physics has blossomed.

I really kills me every time I read exciting stuff like this from NASA. It's the one big regret of my life, having abandoned the field of astro physics. To think that I could be working right next to Phil Plait, whom I met at TAM IV, super cool guy. Alas, it's too late. I'm so far removed from the field of physics, that it would take me at least a decade to catch up. :cry:
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Physics, chemistry, chemistry, physics.
Isn't the Hubble/Spitzer/Chandra/etc. mission control room on the east coast?
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Just great. It gets to Pluto and it's wintertime. Everybody's indoors.
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HONK!
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The Pluto encounter is really just around the corner. NH passes Neptune's orbit this summer (admittedly an almost meaningless milestone), but then they start warming up for the main event. Hoping to see some good images next winter.
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HONK!

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honk !!!
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HONK!

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