A Planet or a Moon?

Discussion in 'Science, Tech, & Space Exploration' started by Merle, Aug 23, 2017.

  1. Merle

    Merle Honorable

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    Theoretically, if Jupiter moved closer to Earth, and Earth then started to orbit Jupiter like a moon, would we be a planet orbiting a planet, or would we become a moon?
     
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  2. Toroid

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    From what I understand Pluto was taken off the planet list because there are moons in the solar system close to its size. I guess if a body orbits a planet it's a moon. All the planets could be considered moons because they orbit the sun.
     
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  3. nivek

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    I think orbiting a star would be one classification another would be orbiting a planet, but then we have those pesky asteroids and space debris that does both...So I guess then size would be picked as the next determining factor?...
     
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  4. Castle-Yankee54

    Castle-Yankee54 Celestial

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    This would likely be a very bad thing
     
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  5. Merle

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    Why, because we'd all be likely to dead and then it wouldn't matter to us if Earth remained as a plant or became a moon?
     
  6. Castle-Yankee54

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    That's it....we'd all be dead. Jupiter is pulling its moons apart with its gravity......it would wake up every volcano we ever had on earth.
     
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  7. nivek

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    Jupiter would need to be further from the sun than its present location in order to host the eartth at a safe distance and thereby ensuring the gravity of the sun doesnt take us back lol...
     
  8. Castle-Yankee54

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    Passing between the two places would have likely ripped the earth apart.
     
  9. nivek

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    If it didn't get ripped apart then we would be plunged into darkness and cold for years to come when our orbit reach out to the far end away from the sun...The oceans would freeze over...
     
  10. Castle-Yankee54

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    Humanity would be gone long before the oceans froze.....if they were even still there.
     

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