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Planet Kona Earth

Onizuka Space Center Several months ago, Emily's class took a field trip to the local Onizuka Space Center.  They learned important things like the fact that the space shuttle astronauts drink their 100% Kona Coffee from little foil pouches.  Some of the kids were also quite interested in how a toilet works in space without any gravity.  The class had been studying space so they already knew that the sun is a star and they were learning the names of all the planets.  An informal poll showed that Pluto was by far the favorite planet of Emily's class.  Saturn ran a distant second.

Astronomers recently reclassified Pluto as a dwarf planet.  That means that our solar system now has eight regular planets instead of nine.  "My Very Energetic Mother Just Served Us Nine --" stands for Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune.  No more Pluto.  Now Ceres, Pluto and 2003 UB313 (renamed Eris, previously nicknamed Xena) have been designated dwarf planets.

Here at Kona Earth we decided we like the idea of dwarf planets.  In fact, it's a fairly well guarded secret that Kona Earth actually is a dwarf planet.  The Kona Earth planet is located at Lagrange point L3 which is on the opposite side of the sun as the Earth so you can't see it with a telescope.  Kona Earth isn't nearly as cold as Pluto nor is it as rocky as Ceres.  In fact, it looks a lot like Earth, just smaller.

There are a couple other dwarf planets hidden around our solar system that most astronomers don't know about.  For example, hidden behind Earth's moon is an tiny dwarf planet made from rock.  We took Valerie's parents for a visit there.  It's kind of scary to stand on the edge, you feel like you could fall right off the planet.  We have also visited a small planet hidden behind Mars.  The Martians built a city there.  It looks a lot like downtown Honolulu.

Kona Earth has a couple moons.  The first we call our "back field" moon.  It has lots of Ohia trees growing on it.  The other moon has a large grassy field and a couple houses where some of our neighbors live.  How do we get around from one planet to the next?  Catapults of course.  Just be sure to take a deep breath first.  And sometimes the landing can be a bit rough.

Planet Rock Planet City
Planet Trees Planet Green
Click on a planet for closer view.

Make your own dwarf planets.





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