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11/06/2014 – Ephemeris – New Horizons headed toward the 9th planet will pass a dwarf planet instead

November 6, 2014

Ephemeris for Thursday, November 6th.  The sun will rise at 7:26.  It’ll be up for 9 hours and 57 minutes, setting at 5:24.   The moon, at full today, will rise at 5:32 this evening.

The New Horizons spacecraft is 9 months from reaching the dwarf planet Pluto.  After a 9 and a half years journey it will zip past Pluto and its moons in a day.  At launch Pluto was designated as planet number 9.  In less than a year later Pluto was demoted to a dwarf planet.  The authority was the International Astronomical Union.  It was a vote taken at the end of the last day of the meeting that year after most members have left.  The definitions only pertain to the solar system, and not exoplanets orbiting other stars.  Besides we cannot detect anything as small as Pluto orbiting another star…yet.  The asteroid Ceres was once a planet too, it was demoted to asteroid 75 years after discovery.  It was promoted to a dwarf planet with Pluto.

Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan.  They may be different for your location.

Addendum

Poor Pluto

New Horizon's trajectory

New Horizon’s trajectory through the solar system. Credit: NASA/JHAPL.

Where is New Horizons

Where is New Horizons on November 6, 2014? Credit NASA/JHAPL.

Encounter Timeline

New Horizons Encounter Timeline. Credit: NASA/JHAPL.

New Horizons at closest approach to Pluto

New Horizons at closest approach to Pluto. Credit: NASA/JHAPL.

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