I was looking at the stars outside in Maricopa, AZ and I think I realized something that I just hadn’t thought of before.
The bigger a black hole is, the smaller it gets. That’s right, the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy is really just a tiny point. [needs citation] Better than that, there are other larger black holes in our galaxy that obey that tiny point in the center. That’s because they are smaller less massive black holes, and the less massive ones have a larger event horizon. Let me repeat that once more. The more massive (and influential) black holes are physically smaller. [need citation]
It makes some kind of weird sense to me. If you agree or disagree please let me know in the comments!
It’s called the `kbd` tag, and it defines user input like hotkeys. If you have ever seen me touch a computer, you’ll know that I am in love with hotkeys, so the discovery of this tag got me so excited that I just had to share.
Charon (pronounced “Karon”), Pluto’s companion, should get Dwarf Planet status. There are a few reasons why. First off, it’s a member of a binary system. Check this out:
It’s a binary system because the common point that both bodies orbit is in space above the surface of Pluto. It’s more of a companion than a moon.
The next reason is because of the size of Charon. As you can see in the below image, Charon is larger than another Dwarf Planet, Ceres. Ceres gained this status at the same time Pluto was demoted. Now when that happened, I happened to be on the unpopular side with the other folks who agreed with Pluto’s demotion, but I think Charon’s cause is one we can all get behind.
You can see that there are lots of objects larger than even Pluto that also don’t have Dwarf Planet status, but with the exception of Vesta, they all orbit “True” Planets, so they are Moons. As I said above, Charon does not orbit Pluto, it orbits with Pluto around the barycenter of the Pluto System.
So next time you hear about “Pluto’s moon Charon”, let them know; That’s no moon!
It’s a Dwarf Planet in my book. Will you join the cause?
Just in case you’re worried about Pluto losing a moon, you should know that the Pluto-Charon System does have 4 “real” moons, Nix, Hydra, Kerberos & Styx. Plenty of company ; ).