The Great ‘Dwarf Planet’ Scam Perpetrated By The Supposedly August International Astronomical Union (IAU).
That table above, from my 2011 book ‘Dwarf Planets‘, contains all the background you need to understand this scam.
September 2008 is coming up to 12-years.
In those 12-years the IAU has not designated any other Dwarf Planets.
We had 5 Dwarf Planets in Sept. 2008, we still have 5 Dwarf Planets in June 2020.
NO. NO. NO.
Dwarf Planets, of course, are very different from Planets. That is why Pluto was reclassified a Dwarf.
Yes, we don’t have many planets & yes, the last was discovered a very, very long time ago.
Not so with Dwarfs. We have THOUSANDS that appear to meet the criteria. They have LONG LISTS of possible Dwarf Candidates.
But, the IAU has not done anything in terms of expanding the pool of Dwarfs since 2008.
And therein lies the scam.
It would appear that the IAU has had second — if not third, fourth or fifth — thoughts about Dwarf Planets.
It would appear that they think that they screwed up. But, they are too august & proud to say that. So, instead they are hoping to atrophy the issue & category.
Well, I, for one, will not let that happen.
So, now YOU know.
Check Category ‘astronomy’.