Classic Astrology

Haumea and Makemake

By Julie Loar

“Any darn fool can make something complex; it takes a genius to make something simple.”  —Pete Seeger   About two decades ago astronomers began to understand that Pluto was just the most visible member of the Kuiper Belt, a vast ring of thousands icy, rocky debris circling the outer solar system. Other small, planet-like bodies, called Trans-Neptunian Objects (TNOs), joined the Sun’s family; and when a world named Eris was found in this region and seemed to be larger than Pluto, astronomers reluctantly decided to…

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Say Hello to Planet 9

By Julie Loar

CAPTIONS: A predicted consequence of Planet 9 is that a second set of confined objects should also exist. These objects are forced into positions at right angles to Planet 9 and into orbits perpendicular to the plane of the solar system. Five known objects (blue) fit this prediction precisely. (NASA) Caltech professor Mike Brown and assistant professor Konstanin Batygin. (Photo: Lance Hayashida/Caltech)   On January 20, 2016, Konstantin Batygin and Michael Brown, at the California Institute of Technology, announced calculation-based evidence of a massive ninth…

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