Pluto: Discovery and Influence

 

In 1915 astronomer Percival Lowell and other astronomers observing from the Lowell Observatoryin Flagstaff, Arizona, published findings of a new planet – a star of the 15th magnitude, its mass greater than half the Earth’s mass and approximately 1/50,000 that of the Sun, located in theeastern part of the constellation Taurus and travelling an eccentric path. However, it was not until 1930 that the planet, having been widely observed, was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh on 18 February 1930 and named Pluto.

Pluto's diameter is 2306 (+/- 20) km, its revolution is 247.7 Earth years and its rotation is 6 days, 9 hours and 19 minutes.

Pluto is far smaller than any other planet in the solar system and very unlike them in that it orbits the Sun at an exaggerated tilt and at certain points along its path, it is closer to the Sun than Neptune.

Pluto has three moons, the largest of which is Chiron.

Pluto and its three moons are part of the Kuiper belt.

In defining exactly what a planet is; the International Astronomical Union (IAU) empanelled a seven member committee to define both the word planet and the status of Pluto. The committee met at the Paris observatory in late June 2006 and reached a unanimous agreement.

“A planet is a body in orbit around a star, as opposed to orbiting another planet, and big enough to make it round”.

On the 15 August 2006 some 3000 astronomers and scientists from around the world met in Prague to discuss the definition of a planet and decide whether Pluto, the smallest planet in our solar system qualified.

On the 24 August 2006, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) officially changed the definition of a planet and Pluto did not qualify. Consequently there are only eight official planets in the solar system while Pluto has now been demoted and categorised as a pluton with Xena and Ceres. These plutons differ from the other planets in the solar system by virtue of their highly inclined, elongated orbits which take more than two centuries to complete and suggest a different origin.

Of course the change in terminology does not affect the magnetic fields in space. It is not important as to how the IAU classify the various celestial objects in our solar system, but how much we learn from their magnetic fields and their effect on each other and Earth.

In the years since Pluto’s recent discovery, it has become associated with drastic upheaval, but on the flip side, Pluto only destroys anything that is useless or decadent to clear the way for positive change and reconstruction.

In personal terms, Pluto represents energies buried deep within the psyche. Its transit in aspect marks the beginning of an unfolding process of psychological change and growth. However, there are times when Pluto’s transits cast us into the depths of despair where the death of the old is transformed into a new psychological beginning.

In Mundane astrology, the planets Uranus and Pluto will form a cardinal square from Aries to Capricorn for much of 2012.

This will have a powerful political effect on world governments, the economy and the eurozone.

 

 Our world can be thrown into a deepening recession in 2012 through government monopoly and economic controls on the one hand versus anti-government protests, demonstrations and retaliation on the other.

 

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