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jkmccrann
2006-Aug-14, 07:50 PM
This made me laugh out loud!

Good work CNN!

CNN makes silly gaffe (aka CNN mentions the IAU debate on Pluto et al) (http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/space/08/14/planet.meeting.ap/index.html)



The Hubble Space Telescope measured the bright, rocky object officially known as 2003 UB313, at about 1,490 miles (2,300 kilometers) in diameter, roughly 70 miles (112 kilometers) longer than Pluto. At 9 billion miles (15 kilometers) from the sun, it is the farthest known object in the solar system.


Geez, kinda makes me glad we measure our distances in kilometres down here in Australia if that's the going conversion rate these days!

Did anyone else spot this before I did?

Also, there is an attached poll with this CNN story.

Should Pluto keep its status as a planet?

YES - 20855 (73%)
NO - 7704 (27%)

Which I guess is a rather different result than most of the polls here at BAUT have been turning up.

Wolverine
2006-Aug-14, 07:53 PM
Par for the course, I'm afraid.

Moved from Astronomy to Small Media at Large.

Inferno
2006-Aug-17, 11:07 PM
15 kilometres from the Sun?!!! I can't imagine something that far away. The mind boggles!

Tobin Dax
2006-Aug-18, 03:07 AM
I gotta ask: Is that from the surface or the center? The latter is the standard. :)

erisi236
2006-Aug-19, 04:56 PM
"roughly 70 miles (112 kilometers) longer than Pluto."

Something about that line made me laugh as well, the word "longer" tends to suggest that it's a flat object :)

hhEb09'1
2006-Aug-19, 05:09 PM
Which I guess is a rather different result than most of the polls here at BAUT have been turning up.The polls here have been even, but I don't think they're that reliable--for some reason the folk here seem to think it is ok to advocate their position in the OP :)