Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Dwarf Planets other Than Pluto

I vaguely remember when our pal Pluto was demoted to dwarf planet status a couple of years ago, much to the chagrin to Mickey's non-anthropomorphic dog and the god of the underworld (who are probably one and the same). Apparently, I never got the memo that there's a dwarf planet named Ceres in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, and there's a dwarf planet larger than Pluto, farther away from the sun than Pluto.

Check out the proportions of everything depicted above, relative to the Earth, and think of how you/I/everybody fit(s) into all of this...

Waxing poetic about the cosmos is a surefire way put to our petty, immediate, mundane, human things in perspective. I'll be back tomorrow for some probable trivia and other timely matters.

Solar System proportion diagram by NASA.

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