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Poll: What is your favorite planet?

Mercury 2 (3%)
Venus 4 (6%)
Earth 26 (41%)
Mars 1 (2%)
Jupiter 3 (5%)
Saturn 6 (10%)
Uranus 9 (14%)
Neptune 4 (6%)
Pluto 4 (6%)
Vulcan 4 (6%)
   Discussion: What is your favorite planet?
Gordondon son of Ethelred · 14 years, 2 months ago
OK who's the wise guy who voted for Uranus?

Why is the starship enterprise like toilet paper?

The both make rings around Uranus in search of Klingons.
Rachel Marie aka RAI Back · 14 years, 2 months ago
Hey, I voted for Uranus because it's the prettiest color (well, it and Neptune) and dude! It's axis of rotation is totally aschew! Isn't that awesome?
nate... Back · 14 years, 2 months ago
totally eschewed?

;)
Rachel Marie aka RAI Back · 14 years, 2 months ago
Hey, I'm an ASTRONOMY nerd. Not a word nerd. Well, I am, just not a spelling nerd.

Lemme alone.
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 14 years, 2 months ago
You get major Gordonpoints for knowing about its axis of rotation. It is the only one that is inclined over 90 degrees. I think it is inclined 98 degrees which means it is basically rotating on its side.

The angle is measured from the perpendicular to the orbit. I'm having a hard time figuring out how to explain why it is 98 degrees not 82.

when something rotates or revolves you can define the direction using the right-hand rule. Curl the fingers or your right hand in the direction of the rotation and your thumb points to the north poll. In Uranus's case that is in the southern hemisphere defined by its orbit.
Rachel Marie aka RAI Back · 14 years, 2 months ago
The obvious reason for explaining this is the direction of the rotation. Most of the planets rotate in a sun rises in the east, sets in the west fashion. We base the axis of rotation on how similar it is to this pattern. And because Uranus is like, whoa, that's how we get the 97.8° (ish) instead of the 82.2°. Ish.

Hey, you wanna hear about messed up axes, check out Venus. It's totally upside down. Pluto's weird too.

Hi. My name's Rachel, and I'm an astronomy nerd.

OOH! Let's talk about black holes next!
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 14 years, 2 months ago
I didn't know you were an Astronomy nerd. How come I never saw you at the meetings?
Rachel Marie aka RAI Back · 14 years, 2 months ago
Dude! There are meetings? Where?!
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 14 years, 2 months ago
The Planetarium. Duh.
Rachel Marie aka RAI Back · 14 years, 2 months ago
Psh. Planetariums are for amateurs. Though they ARE pretty damn awesome.
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 14 years, 2 months ago
My cousin was married at the Planetarium at the Franklin Institute. Best Wedding Ever.

OK the meetings are at the Keck Observatory on Moana Kea.
Rachel Marie aka RAI Back · 14 years, 2 months ago
Approved. See you there. ;o)

And now *I* want to get married at the Fels Planetarium!
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 14 years, 2 months ago
And Honeymoon at the Keck!
Josh Woodward Back · 14 years, 2 months ago
> OK who's the wise guy who voted for Uranus?

I'm suddenly earwormed with "Nightflight to Uranus" by Datarock.

Not an earworm I was especially wanting to have...
Nik Chaikin · 14 years, 2 months ago
All the natives seem so jovial.
A girl named Becca Back · 14 years, 2 months ago
Boooo.

(But good job throwing a little mythological nerdiness in there with all that astronomy stuff. :))
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 14 years, 2 months ago
In that case I'll bring up Venerial :-)
Kat Kunz · 14 years, 2 months ago
pluto is a planet!
100% dainty! · 14 years, 2 months ago
what about osiris, persephone, ariel, or miranda? ;)

what about dagobah and tattooine and naboo?
nate... Back · 14 years, 2 months ago
I'd vote for miranda.

It's quiet there.

lawrence Back · 14 years, 2 months ago
> It's quiet there.

Not if you're psychic.
nate... Back · 14 years, 2 months ago
A valid point.
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 14 years, 2 months ago
Persephone, ariel, and miranda are moons. Are they planets in some mythos?

The planet I was tempted to add was Gallifrey.
goovie is married! Back · 14 years, 2 months ago
firefly.

"am i...talking to miranda?"
sheryls Back · 14 years, 2 months ago
*looks at you like YOU are the crazy one*
goovie is married! Back · 14 years, 2 months ago
heehee. that's neal's favorite moment in serenity. one of mine, too. :)
100% dainty! Back · 14 years, 2 months ago
mine too!! :)
Annika · 14 years, 2 months ago
I've never been anywhere else.
*joolee* · 14 years, 2 months ago
Had to vote based on it's my fav of Holst's Planets...
100% dainty! Back · 14 years, 2 months ago
oh! mine too!
Andrea Krause Back · 14 years, 2 months ago
Veronica Mars lives there..

Doubly planeted, that girl.
Rachel Marie aka RAI Back · 14 years, 2 months ago
I sang Neptune once!
*joolee* Back · 14 years, 2 months ago
Me tooo!
Rimbo · 14 years, 2 months ago
I'm glad to see all the earth patriotism. GO EARTH! NUMBER ONE!!!111!!!!!!!!1 USA!
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 14 years, 2 months ago
Bah, terrestrial chauvanism. Next thing you know we'll be bombing Mars.
Kris 'engaged' Bedient Back · 14 years, 2 months ago
Who would notice?

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