Template talk:TNO imagemap
I'd suggest using relative scaling to allow this template to interact better with user preferences. It is possible to do this by removing the explicit pixel size specification and (if necessary) using the upright factor instead. Icalanise (talk) 21:08, 10 August 2010 (UTC)
Kerberos and Styx
Size of Eris and Pluto
I have no idea of the proper way to talk here. I just read the rules. I wish you would make it easier. I have limited time to point out factual inaccuracies here. No offense.
Anyway, in your diagram of TNOs Eris looks larger than Pluto. Current science strongly suggests that Pluto is at least 12 kilometers larger than Eris in diameter. Bruno Sicardy of the Paris Observatory published his findings coming to that conclusion back in 2011 in the highly-regarded publication called Nature. His findings were based on a stellar occulation of Eris in late 2010. He spoke publicly about in France and this year in Maryland. Of course, NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto will measure the diameter of Pluto in July of 2015 and that will probably resolve this question definitively; but, in the meantime, it is not appropriate to depict Eris as larger than Pluto. This myth was originally perpetrated by Mike Brown who also claims to have "killed" Pluto. I can provide a link to the paper by Bruno Sicardy if you would like to see it. Sowff (talk) 03:40, 17 August 2013 (UTC)
- We have currently no idea which of the two is bigger, because Pluto's size is not very accurately known. What would currently be the best is to present them as being the same size. The reason why this image presents Eris as noticeably larger than Pluto is one of history: Eris used to be believed to be somewhat larger than Pluto and nobody has updated the image since the more precise information was obtained. --JorisvS (talk) 13:47, 17 August 2013 (UTC)
When there was no actual information about any meaningful surface features it was fine to produce artistic guesses and post them here. But two days ago the situation changed. Now we have high-resolution photos of Charon and Pluto. Leaving the artistic guesses will confuse the non-expert. They need to be replaced with smooth spheres to indicate we do not know anything about the surface features of these objects. Nick Beeson (talk) 20:04, 17 July 2015 (UTC)