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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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But what about ME?????
By NanMark on 8/24/2006 2:36:26 PM , Rating: 2
I am a Scorpio, ruled by the planet....uh....Pluto. Who will rule me now? I guess it's back to the ancient ruling planet of Mars. All I can say is thank goodness Scorpios had two ruling planets. What would become of us if we were counting on Pluto exclusively? Bill Gates and Julia Roberts are probably thinking the same thing as I am right now ... as they are Scorpios, too!

RE: But what about ME?????
By dice1111 on 8/24/2006 3:07:27 PM , Rating: 2
I'll rule you.

RE: But what about ME?????
By XINERGY on 8/24/2006 4:59:35 PM , Rating: 2
Funny you should mention it. Today's horoscope from reads:

"Mercury is visiting your key planet Pluto and this bodes well for having deep conversations about important issues. Even if what's on your mind isn't easy, now could be the right time to bring it up. You don't need to have any answers, nor do you need to know where it's all going. You only need to have faith in the universal process of sincere communication."

Oh, this is gonna mess with all those astrologers and psychics! *LOL*


RE: But what about ME?????
By darkfoon on 8/25/2006 12:11:12 AM , Rating: 2
Pluto has only been a planet since 1930, so astrologers have called pluto a planet for only 70 years (compared to the several hundred years that astrology has been around) So, they said Mars governs scorpios until pluto was discovered?
they're messing with peoples' lives!!!

RE: But what about ME?????
By XINERGY on 8/25/2006 2:18:47 PM , Rating: 2
Relax, darkfoon. It's only astrology. I think the psychics should have seen this coming.


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