The photo and the link is to the 1, Thursday, January 1987 Schenectady Daily Gazette.
See that photo guys? On the right is an article about Peking Uni students. The writers, those amazing damn journalists, predicted freaking Tienanmen Square indecent.
On the left is an article that while the title states Gorbachev wants his people to work harder, the article is about how he wishes for peace.
“And in the odd chance there are any Astronomy afficianados amongst you, the North Star is that way”. Alright, that quote doesn’t make much sense and the only relevance it holds is that it has something to do with astronomy.
The picture above is from the 2 January 1987 Schenectady Daily Gazette. The paper used to run a monthly section called “Star Talk”. They still do, at least online.
Anyway, the article states that at that time Voyage 1 hadn’t even passed Neptune yet, and now scientists have reason to believe it’s not even in our solar system!
More importantly, it was only 26 years ago when we questioned the validity of Neptune being the farthest planet. The author stated however that in 1999 Pluto shall take its rightful place. Of course how quick we are to de-thrown! Only 7 year later the nefarious International Astronomy Union (IAU) decided all planets to be must follow the following criteria:
1. Have enough mass to form a round shape.(hydro-static equilibrium)
2. Orbit around the Sun
4. Be a dominant mofo ie cleared its neighbors so that essentially it is the major mass and the other objects around it are satellites (like the moon)
(and not that it’s particularly relevant but this picture just reminded me, THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS CENTRIPATAL/CENTRIFUGAL FORCE)
okay have a nice day and a smiling Sun cuz good morning y’all :)
tl;dr I love reading old newspapers. It’s like traveling back to the past.