Monday, November 21, 2011

...a different way to put things in perspective...

*Three World Wars.
*The Vietnam War.
*The sinking of the U.S.S. Arizona.
*The sinking of the Titanic.
*The Great Depression.
*The Assassination of President Kennedy.
*The Assassination of President Lincoln.
*The signing of the Bill Of Rights.
*The Space Shuttle disaster.
*The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.
*The Charleston.
*The Macarena.
*The Invention of the Wax Cylinder Record.
*The advent of I-Pods and mp3's.
*Tippecanoe and Tyler Too.
*The Edsel.
*The Model T.
*The Louisiana Purchase.
*Alaska and Hawaii become States.
*Joe "Fingers" Carr.
*Rollie Fingers.
*The Beatles.
*The Hoosier Hot-Shots.
*The Pony Express.
*The Forever Stamp.
*Riot Control.
*Birth Control.
*Fats Domino.
*Fats Waller.
*"Minnesota" Fats.
*The Shootout at the OK Corral.
*Teddy Roosevelt.
*Ted Bundy.
*and on and on and on and on...

All of the above occurrences barely make a scratch in the totality of history. Generations come and go, and things keep happening.  To put this in perspective, while Humanity has undergone all of these events (and many more); since the year 1763, (248 YEARS AGO), the planet PLUTO has gone around the sun exactly ONCE. Sorta puts thing in perspective, don't it? In short, Pluto hasn't even made HALF an orbit around the sun since it was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh in  1930.

So let's see Pluto in order to get a better perspective. It is one of the stranger bodies of rock in the Solar System. In fact, Pluto's Orbit is elliptical (Oval-shaped) and rather than orbiting on the same plane as all of the other planets, Pluto actually goes above, then below the plane. Nobody's ever really seen Pluto other than through fuzzy depictions that can only hint at what's out there. When it was discovered, it was through the use of grainy space photos that compared the position of stars and planets. Since planets travel faster, one of the old grainy photos showed Pluto in different positions relative to the stars in the sky. So, without further adieu, here's Pluto...

OOPS, wrong Pluto...Guess I'll have to start using another Search Engine. While I look for the correct Pluto, I'll inundate you with facts about what used to be (and maybe still is) the 9th planet: Pluto is only two-thirds the size of Earth's Moon. Pluto may actually be one of the innermost asteroids from the Kuiper belt. Perhaps Pluto was on a path where it got near enough to be snared by the gravitational pull of The Sun. And, it's a helluva place to raise your kids, according to Elton John. Wait...I think he was singing about Mars...

Here's Pluto along with Charon, its Moon. Charon wasn't discovered until 1978. Charon (pronounced KA-RON) is large, in proportion to the ball of rock it revolves around (well, I can't say 'Planet', right?) and as such, Pluto and Charon revolve around an epicenter (or, point between the two bodies. Both little worlds are composed of Rock and Ice. Rumor has it that Pluto might have more than one moon, but we don't know that for sure. One of the primary reasons Pluto is not a planet (according to some) is because its orbit crosses another planet's orbit. Pluto's oval orbit is so eccentric, that it actually sails inside Neptune's orbit for half of its revolution so it's the furthest Planet (if indeed it's still a planet), only about half the time.

So there ya go. A little renegade sphere, along with its little renegade moon. In fact, they're both Cold As Hell...


Blogger crypticlover said...

thanks solo much
everyone needs to read's enlightenment

6:58 PM  

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