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1, possibly 2 extra planets in the solar system?

23 June 2015 - 11:05 PM


Basically, recently astronomers have discovered a bunch of asteroids and dwarf planets that orbit way out beyond the kuiper belt whose perihelion (their closest approach to the sun) is around 80 AU. For comparison, Neptune is 30 AU from the sun, and the kuiper belt (where Pluto orbits) is in the 30-50 AU range. So 80 AU is really, really, really far away. And that's the closest these objects get.

This raises questions as it was assumed that dwarf planets couldn't exist that far away, that the oort cloud is just comets and the like.

Another curious phenomenon is that all of the objects discovered out there so far have their perihelion approximately when they cross the plain of the solar system. There's no reason why the perihelia should be bunched up like that, unless there's a massive object somewhere out there that's keeping them regulated. Some researchers are proposing that there could be at least one more planet in the solar system that's at least twice the size of Earth and somewhere around 250-500 AU from the sun, which would be crazy.

It wouldn't really be surprising that we haven't discovered such a planet yet, it if exists. It would be extremely dim and move very, very, very slowly across the sky. Sedna, one of the dwarf planets out there, takes over 11,000 years to orbit the sun.

Other astronomers counter that these dwarf planets pass close enough to Neptune to be affected by its gravity, or that it's possible these objects were thrown out there by a passing star at some point. But they're just party poopers, a new planet is a lot more fun! :sun:

Why do Call of Duty games take 10 years to hit the ~$10 range?

22 June 2015 - 07:22 PM

I'm not really into multiplayer shooters, but I've always enjoyed playing through Call of Duty campaigns for a day or two of a decent time. I'm sure as fuck not paying $50 or $60 for it, though. The last one I played was Modern Warfare 2

Cheapest prices ever for each CoD game:
CoD 2003: $9.79 on 6/14/15
CoD 2004: $9.79 on 6/14/15
CoD 2005: $9.79 on 6/14/15
CoD 2007: $9.79 on 6/14/15
CoD 2008: $9.79 on 6/14/15
CoD 2009: $9.79 on 6/14/15
CoD 2010: $14.74 on 9/25/14
CoD 2011: $18.70 on 5/22/14
CoD 2012: $19.79 on 4/30/14
CoD 2013: $14.99 on 11/29/14
CoD 2014: $29.39 on 6/14/15

Seriously? Even though the Call of Duty franchise went on sale in the Steam Summer Sale, the only ones that went under $20 came out 6+ years ago! And Black Ops (2010) is still $40 on Steam. This can only be hurting sales, right? Call of Duty is like Madden, you would think they would just start hacking the prices down a year or two after launch, since most of their audience has already moved on to the next installment. They could even do what Paradox does with Europa Universalis - make the base game cheap as fuck all the time, but keep prices up on DLC. That seems to work out pretty well for them.

Rate your siblings/10

21 June 2015 - 05:59 AM

Also, how many siblings do you have?

I have 2 brothers and 2 sisters. All same dad, but different mothers for the most part. They're, like... alright, I guess. I get along pretty well with my older brother and one of my sisters, but we don't really go out of our way to communicate or anything.

I kind of like this piece about terrorism and white people

21 June 2015 - 04:52 AM


Particularly this paragraph:


"This is the privilege of whiteness: While a terrorist may be white, his violence is never based in his whiteness. A white terrorist has unique, complicated motives that we will never comprehend. He can be a disturbed loner or a monster. He is either mentally ill or pure evil. The white terrorist exists solely as a dyad of extremes: Either he is humanized to the point of sympathy or he is so monstrous that he almost becomes mythological. Either way, he is never indicative of anything larger about whiteness, nor is he ever a garden-variety racist. He represents nothing but himself. A white terrorist is anything that frames him as an anomaly and separates him from the long, storied history of white terrorism."

Typical, that she assumes ALL terrorists are MEN. sheesh.

In all seriousness, though, it's sometimes easy to lose sight of how easy we all jump straight to remarks like "religion of peace" or... whatever people say about black people rioting, or whatever, when the people who are committing the acts of violence aren't white. Even if it's sometimes true.

A good burger doesn't need any condiments.

21 June 2015 - 04:23 AM

That is all.