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MONDAY March 29
Sedna a 'new planet' email
Can you please stop calling Sedna a 'new planet'. It is not new, it is 'newly discovered' and recently named. It has always been there. So, surely, it has always had an effect on us, astrologically speaking.
Dear Richard, Please see below.
I recently read an article asking why a new planet should have a new impact when it has been there all along. But I think it is only because we finally CAN see it that it is having an effect.
Best wishes, Anna
Dear Anna, Thank you.
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TUESDAY March 30
No Thought for the Day
WEDNESDAY March 31
Media bandwagon Sedna email
Today's letter comes from a reader called Karen James. I have edited it slightly and, in the modern tradition, interleaved the words of her e-mail with my comments, in italics:
KJ: Dear Mr Cainer, I find it interesting that you have jumped on the media bandwagon that is Sedna. You keep referring to it as a planet, but you should know that Sedna is NOT a 'new' discovery. The object is officially catalogued as '2003 VB12' ie: it was first discovered in 2003. It has unofficially been dubbed Sedna, Goddess of the Sea for Arctic Dwellers, given the frigid conditions under which it has probably always existed. The International Astronomical Union would have to approve the name before it became official.
JC: I don't think we can dismiss Sedna's name that easily. There are plenty of other icy planets. As for the IAU... well, I'd like to see them try to enforce a different name after all this publicity!
KJ: Furthermore, Sedna is NOT a planet - it is no more than 1,100 miles in diameter and some 86 astronomical units from the Sun. Pluto is about 1,413 miles wide and approx 39.5 AU from the Sun, and most astronomers maintain that Pluto should never have received planet status either, since astronomers are now finding myriad round objects beyond the orbit of Neptune, several of which are quite large. This includes the recently announced 2004 DW, which was estimated to be 994 miles across and is nearly 47 AU from the Sun. And the 2002 discovery 2002 LM60, also named Quaoar (KWAH-o-ar), roughly 780 miles wide, (about half as big as Pluto) and approx 42 AU from the Sun, which the media also jumped all over declaring that scientists had 'found a new planet'.
JC: Astrologers see meaning in Pluto, Quaoar and Sedna... and they don't think importance is something you can establish with a tape measure!
KJ: Experts think it very likely that there are more objects like Sedna, waiting to be found.
JC: I agree. Indeed, I predict that at least one planet, much bigger than Pluto, will turn up at the edge of our Solar system before 2015.
KJ: I just wanted to say all this because I find it irritating when the media run stories that have not been thoroughly researched and that are scientifically unsound.
JC: Me too!
KJ: Thank you for 'listening'.
JC: And thank you for sharing!.