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parallaxicality
2008-Jul-13, 07:22 PM
According to legend, someone plotted the various estimates of Pluto's mass on a graph and concluded that it would eventually disappear completely. Does anyone know when it was composed, and by whom?

slang
2008-Jul-14, 09:47 AM
BA mentions that joke here (http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2007/10/12/sharpest-image-of-pluto-ever-taken/), FWIW.

[time passes]

Hah! Found it (http://blogs.chron.com/sciguy/archives/2006/08/pluto_to_get_th.html), I think! Check the first comment on that post.

parallaxicality
2008-Jul-14, 10:02 AM
Thanks! Wow! That article's fantastic! It's also confounding. Who was J. Babinel and how was he predicting Planet X two years after Neptune was discovered? I need to know!!!!

Kaptain K
2008-Jul-14, 03:52 PM
I don't know when the "disappearing Pluto" graph first appeared, but I first heard about it in late '67 or early '68 from an astronomy professor in college.