8/24/2006

Bye-bye, Pluto!

Kids, Pluto is No Longer a Planet

reported today that after years of often intense debate, astronomers resolved today to demote Pluto in a wholesale redefinition of planethood that is being billed as a victory of scientific reasoning over historic and cultural influences. Already the decision is being hotly debated.

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So now, officially, Pluto is no longer a planet.

Astronomers have been debating for years about whether to demote Pluto, and public support in favor of Pluto has weighed heavily on the debate. Today's vote came after a two-year effort by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) to develop a definition.

Astronomers at the IAU meeting were said to have debated the proposals right up to the moment of the actual vote.

The resolution

The decision establishes three main categories of objects in our solar system.

  • Planets: The eight worlds from to .
  • Dwarf Planets: and any other round object that "has not cleared the neighborhood around its orbit, and is not a satellite."
  • Small Solar System Bodies: All other objects orbiting the .

So it looks like Pluto will be known as a or something to that effect. And classroom teachers will be instructing students to ignore their textbooks: "No, Billy, it's , not nine. And there will be a test on this tomorrow."

It was just last year that the Lowell Observatory celebrated the 75th anniversary of the discovery of Pluto.

So goes the of the science of astronomy. Check your local news at 6:00 PM for any updates.

So our changing lexidiem is .

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2 comments:

Money Miss said...

Arrrgghhh!!!! OMG, I taught myself some sort of thing to remember the planets in order last summer and now you tell me one's missing?!?!?!
ANd I just got my schoolbooks! Wait, is there anything about Pluto?! Ack! Why can't they make up their MIND?!

Anonymous said...

Somehow this rings of a Howard Stern bit about tossing Dwarfs. It's unamerican................