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Pluto isn’t a Planet Anymore? That Changes Everything!

Michael James Brown

How Many Planets are in our Solar System?

It seems like a simple question with a simple answer, but the correct answer might not be what you remember learning as a child. If you can grasp the fact that scientific information can change, then you are well on your way to understanding the rational behind the Other Awareness Project.

As of August 25, 2006, the International Astronomical Union (IAU), people who are more knowledgeable on the subject than I am, voted and determined the correct answer for this question should be changed to eight instead of nine. Pluto was demoted from planet status to dwarf planet status. So the eight planets in order from the Sun are: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.

The reason for the demotion is simply that based on new information, Pluto no longer fits the main requirements to be a planet. The IAU decided that planets needed to have three things: 1) They need to orbit the Sun. 2) They need to have enough gravity to pull themselves into a ball. 3) They need to have cleared out all the other objects from their orbit.

Although it orbits the Sun, and has pulled itself into a sphere, Pluto has failed to clear out all the other objects from its orbit. It just does not have enough mass to accomplish this task. They discovered this because astronomers had better telescopes and methods to calculate data in the years leading up to 2006, than they had when Pluto was classified as a planet. Things change!

For a more thorough explanation of why Pluto is not considered a planet anymore, read this article: http://www.universetoday.com/2008/04/10/why-pluto-is-no-longer-a-planet (I think it’s worth noting that the Caltech team that helped discover the new information was headed by an astronomer named Mike Brown.)

So how does Pluto’s reclassification relate to the Other Awareness Project? They both are more concerned with the use of current information and how do we use it going forward, rather than talking about what use to be considered true. For those of us taught that there were nine planets when we were growing up, the answer has changed. We can either believe it and use the new information or do not believe it and keep answering what was true when we were kids. People in school after August 25, 2006, will only know a solar system that consists of eight planets; they will have very little reference of what used to be.

The choice to believe something or do something, or not believe them or do them is always up to you, which is why the Other Awareness Project deals with self-identification. I cannot tell you what choice to make or what to believe, so rather than telling everyone what they should do, I look at what you have done then ask, “Why did you choose the choice you made?” “How do you support that?” “Is it solving any problems, real or perceived?” “Do you think you need it going forward?”

The viewpoint of the majority of people and associations, more knowledgeable on the subject of race than I am, is that all people on the planet are the same species (race). There is no such thing as separate races for the people currently living on Earth. You can believe it and work off that basis, or you don’t have to, it is completely up to you. With the Other Awareness Project, I am trying to show that everyone’s basis for answering a question about your race has changed, especially if you are trying to use science, or legal definitions, or even the Bible as some sort of reference for your choice. It is an outdated, no longer valid, was never true concept.

With the Other Awareness Project, rather than solely focusing on all the wrong things done by every one in the past, I am more interested in looking at what is the greater good going forward. Do we continue to do things the same way just because they have always been done that way, or do we use the new information to help develop a better rational that everyone can support? I am trying to help identify the people who truly have the capacity and desire to change, based on current information.

Michael James Brown, writer/producer of the Other Awareness Project.

mjb@otherawarenessproject.com

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