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The definition of "planet"

Ever since the IAU gathered in Prague in 2006 and published a new scientific definition of “planet”, there has been debate on how well they did, and whether they were right to “demote” Pluto from planet to the new “dwarf planet” classification. 910 more words


FMP: Sourcing the Book's Images

For this blog post, I want to discuss how I will be getting the relevant images for the book. As my research has shown many times, imagery is very important, for both its aesthetic quality and ability to show the audience what is out there in the sky. 847 more words

Dwarf planets and the problem of the IAU

What is a dwarf planet? Under the definition accepted by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), a dwarf planet is any object orbiting the Sun that is large enough to become round under its own gravity, but is… 611 more words


Short-Term Technical Analysis for Gold

Gold is at one of those potential key juncture where technical analysis can really enhance the message of investor sentiment. Excessive optimism suggests some trouble ahead. 420 more words


Gold Rally – New Bull Market or Bull Trap?

KISS – Keep it simple st …. Sometimes the easiest analysis really is the most effective and accurate analysis. Here’s a very simple way to test if gold’s rally is for real, almost like a litmus test. 522 more words

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Concerns and Considerations with the Naming of Mars Craters

Recently initiatives that capitalize on the public’s interest in space and astronomy have proliferated, some putting a price tag on naming space objects and their features, such as Mars craters. 163 more words

Astronomy News

Name a Crater on Mars: Prices Start at $5

By AN Staff

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2014—Anybody can now unofficially name his or her own crater on Mars—for a price.

The space-funding and education company… 611 more words