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Pluto Demoted to "Dwarf Planet"

Postby knapplc » Thu Aug 24, 2006 9:25 am

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) -- Leading astronomers declared Thursday that Pluto is no longer a planet under historic new guidelines that downsize the solar system from nine planets to eight.

After a tumultuous week of clashing over the essence of the cosmos, the International Astronomical Union stripped Pluto of the planetary status it has held since its discovery in 1930. The new definition of what is -- and isn't -- a planet fills a centuries-old black hole for scientists who have labored since Copernicus without one.

Although astronomers applauded after the vote, Jocelyn Bell Burnell -- a specialist in neutron stars from Northern Ireland who oversaw the proceedings -- urged those who might be "quite disappointed" to look on the bright side.


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Postby josebach » Thu Aug 24, 2006 9:32 am

I would rather them do this and classify our solar system as having 8 planets than add two more inconsequential planets and make it 11.
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Postby moonhead » Thu Aug 24, 2006 9:40 am

josebach wrote:I would rather them do this and classify our solar system as having 8 planets than add two more inconsequential planets and make it 11.



i read about this last week and that was what they thought was going to happen. they were going to name a couple of celestial bodies that had been classified as moons as planets. but i suppose they haven't gotten to that yet. but what i read said they expected pluto to remain a planet.
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Postby Dan Lambskin » Thu Aug 24, 2006 9:40 am

bah...still a planet in my book
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Thu Aug 24, 2006 9:40 am

I heard this the other day. Not exactly significant in our everyday lives, but interesting nonetheless...
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Postby knapplc » Thu Aug 24, 2006 9:43 am

This decision is final. There will be a HUGE turnover in textbooks now. Think of the tens of millions of dollars it'll cost to replace all of those. 8-o
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Postby moonhead » Thu Aug 24, 2006 9:45 am

knapplc wrote:This decision is final. There will be a HUGE turnover in textbooks now. Think of the tens of millions of dollars it'll cost to replace all of those. 8-o


bah. most of them said anyway that it was a controversial topic to begin with. i highly doubt that most institutions will deem this a necessary conflict on which to purchase new texts...we are talking about government funed institutions....for the most part.
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Postby mutantseabass » Thu Aug 24, 2006 9:50 am

Im not quite too sure why they just cant leave Pluto a planet and add Xena. Pluto was the only planet discovered by an american too :-#
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Postby knapplc » Thu Aug 24, 2006 10:41 am

Pluto can't be a planet because it's just too small. Pluto's diameter is 2,306 kilometers, or 1,432 miles – about the distance between New York City and Lincoln, NE. By comparison, the Moon's diameter is 3,476 kilometers, or 2,159 miles - about the distance between New York City and Salt Lake City.
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Postby dream_017 » Thu Aug 24, 2006 10:47 am

josebach wrote:I would rather them do this and classify our solar system as having 8 planets than add two more inconsequential planets and make it 11.


I would have voted to add 2, then call it the Big Ten ;-D :-b

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