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Winners: FrankC and Bobby Barcelona

A busy, loud night with 17 players and more than a few kibitzers. We celebrated St. Pat’s a few days early with questions that only a couple of leprechauns (shoe makers), like Bobby Barcelona and FrankC could handle. Right behind were Pluto, JohnnyG and BigBadJohn.

Seemed like everyone was born this week, as we sang Happy Birthday three times during the evening. Each time sounded worse than the time before, but we kept trying. Hope we sound better on Sunday when we join Ed Deacy here at MSC for some old Irish ballads.

Even the cat lovers among us were surprised to learn that a “chowder” refers to a group of cats. Of course, a “crash” refers to a group of rhinos. The Driver has some recent first hand experience with Rhinos, and came away very impressed. He says they are huge and imposing, and it’s a shame that the poachers are after them. In some places in Africa they have been assigned 24-hour armed guards for protection.

sedna Good Question!: A few years ago a potential 10th planet was named Sedna, for the sea goddess in whose legends?

 Choices: Inuit, Mayans,  Vikings,  Celts

 Answer: Inuit

Of course, if this was a potential 10th planet, then that would mean that Pluto is back in business and considered the 9th planet. YEAH!

 Bulletin: NASA-funded researchers have discovered the most distant object orbiting the sun. It’s a mysterious planet-like body three times farther from Earth than Pluto.

“The sun appears so small from that distance that you could completely block it out with the head of a pin,” said Dr. Mike Brown, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, Calif., associate professor of planetary astronomy and leader of the research team. The object, called Sedna for the Inuit goddess of the ocean, is 13 billion kilometers (8 billion miles) away, in the farthest reaches of the solar system.

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Above: An artist’s rendition shows the newly discovered planet-like object, dubbed “Sedna,” in relation to other bodies in the Solar System, including Earth and its Moon, Pluto, and Quaoar.

This is likely the first detection of the long-hypothesized “Oort cloud,” a faraway repository of small icy bodies that supplies the comets that streak by Earth. Other notable features of Sedna include its size and reddish color. After Mars, it is the second reddest object in the solar system. It is estimated Sedna is approximately three- fourths the size of Pluto. Sedna is likely the largest object found in the solar system since Pluto was discovered in 1930.
(Alas, this bulletin was dated: Mar.15, 2004, before Pluto was unceremoniously dumped as a planet).

If we are talking about far away planets, we need to watch/listen to a couple of clips from “2001: A Space Odyssey”:


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