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07/27/2006 01:13 AM ID: 55934 Permalink   

Pluto Believed to Warming Up, Despite Moving Away From Sun

 

The last official planet which comprises our solar system is appearing to warm up, according to astronomers. Astronomers aren't sure why this is occurring, as the planet has been steadily moving away from the sun for nearly a decade.

Normally, the planet is so cold that all but a very minimal amount of atmosphere is forced to freeze and remain on the surface. However, observations are suggesting that the planet's atmosphere remains at least as dense, indicating the warming.

One astronomer remarked, "It looks as though the atmosphere has not changed from 2002, which is pretty surprising because we expected the atmosphere would freeze out as the planet moved further away from the Sun." Observations are continuing.

 
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  Interesting..  
 
Global warming here, Pluto getting warmer... either we royally scr3wed up our environment or it is a natural thing taking it's course.
 
  by: DarkAngelJG     07/27/2006 01:31 AM     
  Haha  
 
I don't think you can compare warming on Pluto with warming on Earth.
 
  by: Fratley   07/27/2006 02:22 AM     
  @Fratly  
 
Ummm Yes you can.. If Pulto is staying warm (Very relative term here) or warming up while moving AWAY from teh sun that means the Sun's output is increasing. If the old Sol's output is increasing we (the 3rd rock out) would feel it first and more dramaticly. So following that logic the Global warming is part of the natural cycle. (of course we are not helping things but that is another argument.)
 
  by: CaveHermit   07/27/2006 02:55 AM     
  @CaveHermit  
 
I think we should prob let the scientists figure this one out. If you'll notice in the source they said the atmosphere has changed and gotten denser. So if anything that proves that atmosphere effects temps on a global level.
 
  by: ukcn001XYZ   07/27/2006 05:21 AM     
  @ukcn001XYZ  
 
Somehow I don't think the atmosphere is the cause and the temp is the effect. I'm pretty sure it's the other way around. Atmoshpere doesn't normally just get "less dense", unless there's holes in it (see: Earth)
 
  by: QHOBBES   07/27/2006 08:57 AM     
  Its not global warming  
 
The atmosphere is thickening and the planet is warming up because aliens are making the conditions more suitable for them to set up a base of operations from which they plan to soon begin the invasion of Earth!!!!... as per George Bush.


roflmao. I crack myself up.

Then again...you never know.
 
  by: maverick7h     07/27/2006 09:15 AM     
  @QHOBBES  
 
Definition of Global Warming: Increased levels of gases such as carbon dioxide and gasses released from volcanic activity that trap heat in the earth's lower atmosphere potentially causing global warming.
(see: earth)

However, I don't think Pluto has any volcanic activity. So I don't know if there are any of these gasses that would effect the atmosphere. A mystery indeed.

I haven't racked up quite enough frequent flier miles to visited there yet, so I can't say for certain.
You'll be the first to know when I have the scoop on that issue.
 
  by: ukcn001XYZ   07/27/2006 09:34 AM     
  Pretty silly  
 
To say that just because two planets in the solar system are heating up, that this means the sun's "output" is greater. What about the other planets? Are they heating up? I don't think so.

Also, as has been stated, it only appears as though its heating, in reality no temperatures of any kind have been recorded (via infared), I dont think so anyway, it could just as easily be flawed science. After all, Pluto is VERY far away and mistakes can easily be made by astronomers who still know very little about the universe and planetary effects and changes.
 
  by: BornAgain   07/27/2006 09:21 PM     
  it would be sad  
 
if the sun was getting hotter and causing the global warming.. it would go to show people will always believe anything that is bad and smite everyone else harshly that will postulate alternative reasons that the far-left (yes gore is) cant spend billions on putting extreme regulations on cars, gas, factories, plans to regress the human race into the stone age - to solve.
 
  by: maccheese   07/27/2006 11:59 PM     
  @BornAgain  
   
  by: sj530   07/28/2006 12:30 AM     
  I thought that Xena  
 
was the furtherest planet out?
 
  by: walter3ca   07/28/2006 05:38 AM     
  it all depends  
 
on what they consider a "planet" and what they consider a "rock"
 
  by: maverick7h     07/28/2006 06:11 AM     
  a sun source  
 
i spent a few mins googling the sun and global warming.. all articles say the sun is getting hotter. how much hotter and how much it effects global warming varies a lot from report to report. but this article was interesting
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/...
 
  by: maccheese   07/28/2006 08:09 AM     
  Atmosphere plays the role.  
 
Temperature that is steady on the planet is caused by the atmosphere.

Don't you think it would be weird that the moon is only hot when the sun shines on it, up to 120 Celsius and when the sun isn't there....it is -120 Celsius ( im generally speaking....but the change is that great)

If the Earth was that way....we would be boiling and then freezing every morning and night.
Atmosphere traps the heat and keeps the temperature more constant.
(This is only about days not seasons)

Jupiter, which is further away from the sun. It can also be hotter than the sun in the core of it. Room temperature below the clouds, and freezing above.

All examples of how atmosphere control the heat. So if the sun gets hotter, you still need an atmosphere to trap the heat.
 
  by: dirshma   07/28/2006 09:45 AM     
  @Dirshma  
 
"If the Earth was that way....we would be boiling and then freezing every morning and night.
Atmosphere traps the heat and keeps the temperature more constant.
(This is only about days not seasons)"

Actually, it's mostly the oceans/water. Atmosphere makes up maybe 1% of the mass of earth.
 
  by: sj530   07/28/2006 10:35 AM     
  @ukcn001XYZ  
 
I would have to concur with those saying you have it backwards.

For an object like Pluto, which probably has internal molten core & that is a perpetual deep freeze, there can be no atmospehre unless there is a heat source that keeps it thawed.

If our sun is putting out more energy, then more energy is reaching Pluto. If more energy is reaching Pluto, then more of the frozen atmoshepric gases thaw.

Whether or not those gases continue with a snowball greenhouse effect on the planetoid is something that would be interesting to discover.
 
  by: Dedolito     07/28/2006 10:15 PM     
  oops  
 
"which probably has internal molten core"

should read

"which probably has NO internal molten core"

many pardons
 
  by: Dedolito     07/28/2006 10:21 PM     
  Remember!!  
 
The people who claim climate change isn't caused by us, base that on a lack of direct evidence showing exactly how much of our CO2 output is causing global warming. Well just the same here, there is NO evidence that directly correlates how much of our rise in temperatures is caused by the sun's increase in temperature!

I really don't see what is wrong with completely cutting CO2 emissions though, I mean its hardly necessary for us to pollute when alternatives exist that don't make our air bad!
 
  by: BornAgain   07/29/2006 05:57 PM     
  Move out  
 
We should try heating up other planets too! So when we've screwed up the Earth enough we can move away! Everyones happy, we've got a new home and the Earth is left alone!
 
  by: mako_majic   07/31/2006 10:23 PM     
  And there is more going on in our Solar System  
 
- Sun: More activity since 1940 than in previous 1150 years, combined.

- Mercury: Unexpected polar ice discovered, along with a surprisingly strong intrinsic magnetic field … for a supposedly “dead” planet.

Source: http://www.enterprisemission.com/...

- Venus: 2500% increase in auroral brightness, and substantive global atmospheric changes in less than 30 years.

- Earth: Substantial and obvious world-wide weather and geophysical changes.

- Mars: “Global Warming,” huge storms, disappearance of polar icecaps.

- Jupiter: Over 200% increase in brightness of surrounding plasma clouds.

- Saturn: Major decrease in equatorial jet stream velocities in only ~20 years, accompanied by surprising surge of X-rays from equator.

- Uranus: “Really big, big changes” in brightness, increased global cloud activity.

- Neptune: 40% increase in atmospheric brightness.

- Pluto: 300% increase in atmospheric pressure, even as Pluto recedes farther from the Sun.
 
  by: Fonzo   08/01/2006 08:18 PM     
 
 
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