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Pluto has been demoted to dwarf planet status

DailyTech reported last week that Pluto was coming close to being dismissed as an official planet of our solar system. Pluto, which was first discovered in 1930, has been the subject of debate for astronomers for over 70 years. The International Astronomical Union's 2,500 astronomers (representing 75 countries) gathered to decide the fate of Pluto and the results are in.

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) voted to demote Pluto from the ranks of the solar system's now 8 planets.  The decision comes as Pluto no longer fits the newly ratified definition of a planet decided upon by the IAU this week. The new definition states that a planet is “a celestial body that is in orbit around the sun, has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes a ...nearly round shape, and has cleared the neighborhood around its orbit.”

Pluto does not clear the neighborhood around its orbit because its orbit overlaps with its much larger neighbor Neptune. This therefore disqualifies it from planet status according to the IAU. Instead, Pluto will be classified as a dwarf planet and join the ranks of other dwarf planets such as Ceres, which lies between Mars and Jupiter and 2003 UB313 or ‘Xena’ as discoverer Michael Brown of the California Institute of Technology has nicknamed it. ‘Xena’ is an icy object that lies after Pluto and is slightly larger than the now dwarf planet.

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RE: It's about time!
By Mojo the Monkey on 8/24/2006 1:42:15 PM , Rating: 5
This forum is obviously inundated with Jupiter fanboys. Just you guys wait until Q2, 2007 when Pluto opens its 45 nm fab....

RE: It's about time!
By rykerabel on 8/24/06, Rating: 0
RE: It's about time!
By rykerabel on 8/24/06, Rating: 0
RE: It's about time!
By Josh7289 on 8/24/2006 6:04:56 PM , Rating: 3
That's purely speculation. There has been no word yet if Pluto will open the new fab anytime before 2008.

And by the way, we're not Jupiter fanboys, but Jupiter has just had the better price/performance ratio for years now and Pluto has never been able to catch up. It's better for them to be out of their misery.

RE: It's about time!
By Tsuwamono on 8/25/2006 12:55:13 AM , Rating: 1
You guys all suck, we all know the sun has the best performance out there. Psht, Idiots... Why dont you do some research eh noobs?

The Sun has far more fabs then any of the others and its obviously way better.

RE: It's about time!
By rushfan2006 on 8/25/2006 10:09:00 AM , Rating: 3
I just hope the Sun's new OS "SuperNova 2.006" doesn't crash about overheating. ;)

"The Space Elevator will be built about 50 years after everyone stops laughing" -- Sir Arthur C. Clarke
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